Recalibrating – Janet Eriksson

Bible Verse

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)


I was chatting with friends about recalibrating. A friend looked up the definition of “recalibrate” and it was based on finding a fresh point of reference when navigating at sea.

What immediately came to me was not the ocean but outer space. I thought of the movie Apollo 13 when the astronauts were trying to fly with no point of reference, just a lot of debris. Their computer wasn’t working well either.

I feel like I’ve been in a similar situation lately – a lot of confusion about decisions, a lot of debris. This weekend I finally had to lay everything down, get quiet, and refocus on God. I have no answers. I’m just trying to stay quiet and focused on Him.

Spending quiet time with God
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Both are examples (Apollo 13 and my situation) of navigating by faith, not by sight. That principle comes straight from scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:7.

I don’t know what the astronauts were using as their compass through all that chaos, when their guidance system was being transferred, a step was missed that left them scrambling for direction, and debris was everywhere. They needed a different kind of compass in those tense moments. Their real compass had to be some kind of faith or trust. They could no longer navigate by computer or sight.

The scene from Apollo 13 was a specific example that helped me visualize the spiritual dynamics of what I’m going through. And I know who my real compass is – the only compass who can truly get me to where I need to be: God. When I encounter tensions or chaos, I need to be sure I recalibrate my entire being with God.

Spending quiet time with God
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Lord, thank You that no matter what is going on around us, we always have a solid point of reference on our compass: You. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

What do you need to do to refocus on God today?

Copyright © 2019 by Janet Eriksson


Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

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