Living out our faith in the in between is somewhat like a sail boat bobbing up and down in the waves as a brisk wind makes the tree tops dance. While the sailboat is clean and smooth, yet it hovers helplessly next to the dock.
The sails dance playfully in the power of the wind, but the boat doesn't move. Other ships cut out across the lake with glee in the wind's silent grace, but the boat at the dock doesn’t move. sails shake in the wasted breeze. lts hardware rattles and bang with eagerness to be used, but the ship drifts helplessly in the windswept water. All the power is at hand, The wind drenches the boat with its force. The boat is ready. But the boat doesn’t move because the person at the tiller doesn’t have the wisdom to use either the power nor the equipment. He hasn’t the knowledge to set the rigging, nor know how to direct the craft to receive all the glorious power around it."
The disciples were exactly like that. They had all the power given them by Jesus, they had the mission spelled out, they had the tools at hand, but they didn’t know how to use them, they didn’t know how to set sail. They needed the Pentecost experience, they needed the guidance of the Spirit, they needed the power of the spirit to get their boat sailing in the breeze. Jesus prayed that while they waited in the upper room, they would be
drawn together as they prepared to get started in their mission. He prayed that they not lose faith, rather would remain in the Father.
There is something we can learn from this text and sequence of events, too. Jesus also prays for us to remain in the faith as we face the in between times of our lives as we walk out our faith.