Our Pilot
August 31, 2015, 4:31 PM

     I walked by it hundreds of times from 1997 to 2007. It’s titled Christ, our Pilot. Last month I walked by it again, and paused to look closely at the picture hanging in the hallway at the Kodiak Church of Christ. For many years I didn’t know it was produced by a rather famous and successful Christian artist. It’s not a valuable piece of art by any stretch. It is not even Warner Sallman’s most famous work. That goes to a work titled, Head of Christ. At least 500 million copies of it have been produced, and the original has been valued at more than 3 million dollars. I’m sure the copy I looked at was worth at least 2 bucks.

     Christ, our Pilot is a good fit for Spruce Cape Road in Kodiak. It depicts a young man steering his vessel through stormy waters. The sky is threating and dark, streaks of lightning flash across the background. Jesus is right there, behind the young captain, one hand on his shoulder. His other hand, pointing confidently forward.

     I asked one of my closed brothers there if he knew when it was put there on the wall, Frenchie said he didn’t know. We do know Warner Sallman produced the original sometime between 1942 and 1950.

     I stood there for several minutes, just looking. It occurred to me, how many times have we experienced Jesus pointing the way. I also noticed Jesus wasn't taking over the wheel, but is simply there with us, pointing the way. Maybe Sallman is telling me, Jesus has the power to take the helm, but he doesn’t. has the power to force me to go a certain way, but dosen't. He simply shows me where He wants me to go, and just as important is right there by my side, giving comfort and confidence along the way.

     I gave thanks right there in that hallway for His direction and His presence. I also understand He never forces me to go a certain way, but asks me to allow Him, to show me the way. I keep telling myself, Philip he is right there with you, just listen to Him, and trust.


09-05-2015 at 3:21 PM
Bobby Sims
Kodiak has so much relationship with the sea that this article really hits home.
09-05-2015 at 3:20 PM
Bobby Sims
Very nice article. Well written with a heart felt message! Thanks, son.
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