No. I do not know these people either. But I sense a kindred spirit in this woman who is prudently holding onto the boom. When a boat tacks and changes direction, that boom quickly swings to the other side of the boat. For the unaware, it means being knocked in the head if one is in its path. I know this from experience! The one changing direction would, in a perfect world, let his passengers know what he was doing.
Today’s verse reassures the believer that God has a plan for how we live our lives. He is available to be our Guide and to teach us His way, which is always the best way! All His ways are loving and faithful (verse 10) even if it seems that He is guiding us into waters that do not look so calm. He is there and He is good. But it is only the humble who can be guided. When we confidently change tack or direction without His counsel, (James 4:13-16) we are likely to be in the way of that boom!
I am excited for this new calendar year, in fact so much so that I tore Christmas down a bit early! But at the same time, I can be fearful of what changes may be in store. There will be changes. There always are. He may change some of my directions. But if I am humbly seeking Him and His guidance, I do not have to be surprised by that boom! And I am reassured by who He is. All His ways are loving and faithful! I can be peaceful as I look ahead knowing that He is completely trustworthy!
Lord, I need You to guide me.