Recently, I felt the Holy Spirit pull my attention towards an object propped up against a corner of my office wall.

As I looked closer, I noticed it was the tiller from my husband’s small yacht. [1]

A tiller is used to steer a yacht. It is a lever and stick that connects to the rudder, which directs the boat to turn left or right.

Today, I believe God is saying to many, ‘I am calling you back to your life’s central purpose.’

‘When you are secure in My greatest purpose for your life, you will stay on track. I will lead you in ways that will astound and amaze you.’

Don’t Lose Your Purpose

I remembered that a few months ago, when my husband Malcolm went to the yacht club to sail his boat, he saw the tiller was missing.

Without that piece of equipment, he couldn’t sail.

He could get the boat into the sea; he could put up the sails. But without the tiller controlling the steering, that yacht would be at the mercy of the wind, waves and tide.

  • With no tiller, the boat could end up anywhere—on the rocks, out to sea, or remaining at the shoreline

Like that tiller, when our core purpose is securely in place, it directs everything we say and do.

When we don’t have a firm grasp on our life’s central purpose, we can be buffeted about by circumstances, our feelings, or the opinions of others.

The Tiller was Restored

Malcolm returned home that day disappointed, because a new tiller could be expensive. He asked around the yacht club and heard nothing.

  • But the next time Malcolm went to his yacht, there was another tiller in his boat!

It wasn’t his old one; it was a better, higher quality one. He was grateful for the kindness of an anonymous giver.

The Holy Spirit is at work, revealing the Father’s purpose for your life. And if you feel as though you have lost your heart’s sense of purpose, He is restoring it to you.

Overlooked by People but Chosen by God

In 1 Samuel 16, God sends the prophet Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel, from among Jesse’s sons.

Seven fine looking young men are paraded before Samuel.

Seven—it is the number of completion, of perfection—and yet God speaks to Samuel and says, ‘I haven’t chosen any of these’.

  • When Samuel asks Jesse if there another son, he finds out there is one more boy who has been overlooked

David is the eighth son; he is the youngest and is out in the field taking care of the sheep. When he is finally presented, God says to Samuel, ‘Rise and anoint him. This is the one!’ (1 Sam 16:12) 

This is God’s word to you today: ‘YOU are the one! I have chosen and anointed you. I call you, ‘Beloved!’

You are Called, ‘Beloved’!

The name David means, ‘beloved’ [2]. And this speaks of the heart of this young man’s purpose and identity:

  • He loved God and knew he was loved by Him.

When no one was watching, when nobody cared—as he was doing menial duties in the fields—David was worshipping with all his heart.

Like David, your identity and your purpose, first and foremost, is that you are loved by God and chosen to be His.

And you may wonder why you are stuck in the mundane while you dream of greatness, but your Father says,‘I have not forgotten you! You are the one I have chosen!’

This is Your Security in Life’s Greatest Trials

Just as the yachtsman grasps the tiller—the boat’s steering—you can hold on, no matter how rough life gets. You are secure in your God-given identity and your reason for living.

Before David reached his destiny of kingship, came a terrifying moment when it seemed he had lost everything (1 Samuel 30) [3].

While David had led his men away on a fruitless mission, an enemy had come to their town Ziklag. Their homes were burned, their possessions ransacked and their families stolen away.

The men were so angry, they wanted to kill David.

At that critical moment, stripped of everything, David returned to his single guiding purpose. He turned to God (1 Sam 30:6).

When David had nothing left, he still had his relationship with God. He was able to trust.

And because of that, not only was everything restored to him, he was able to step into his destiny of kingship.

  • When trouble comes, and things don’t seem to be working out the way you want or expect, know that you are secure in your central guiding purpose.

The Holy Spirit is at work today ministering to you, healing your heart. Hear the Father say, ‘You are significant. You are chosen. You are my Beloved’.


[1] A photo of the tiller is in the above photo. Malcolm’s yacht is a small one-person (2 max) sailing and racing yacht (or sailing dinghy) called a laser.

[2] Strongs H1732

[3] See my article with more insight on this story of David and Ziklag here: ‘4 Things You Can Do in a Crisis’

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Enliven Ministries
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51 thoughts on “Prophetic Word: The Tiller – ‘You are the One I Have Chosen!’”

    1. Praise the Lord!!!! What a Word to receive on My Birthday. Hallelujah Thank you ABBA. The Lord has been dealing with me on realigning my heart to his purpose and will. Right on time!!! We are his “Beloved” and I know “I am Chosen”. Thank you and God Blessings be multiplied unto you and your ministry. In Jesus Name.

    2. Josefina Romero

      Beloved sister in Christ,
      Your message to me today is one of affirmation and confirmation. I now know that God is indeed anointing me on this day through your words and presence.I have felt so unloved,neglected and forsaken.I’ve cried out to God for discernment and now I’ve received.Thank you for your impartation as recently I had a vision of the Heavens opening and glorious light emanating from it .It opened in a horizontal position and wow! God’s prophetic vision and word are being fulfilled.I receive it and claim it, dearest daughter of the Most High.Receive Abundant blessings from the Heavenly realm. Praise the Holy Lamb who God who bore all our iniquities .

    3. Helen,
      Thanks so much Helen.
      I had the opportunity today to read through my emails and all posts.
      The message posted was for me as I was in a resolution stage during that time the message was sent.
      I now believed our God still speaks through His people to bring delieverance to His people.
      I can tell you I am on tract as I was in tears in front of others at church because I felt that i have failed God and my pastor because I have not done or focused what was assigned to me.
      Your word was a confirmation.
      God richly bless you.

  1. Good day Helen,
    I am really inspired by the emails you send and they really speak to me they really speak to me through the word of God and today I am in a process of knowing my purpose in life so that I don’t get tossed to and fro.
    Thank you allot


    Thank you so much for this inspiring word today it really speaks volume to where I’m at in life I’m very grateful that you allow the Holy Spirit to use you to deliver this message I pray you continue to advance and your ministry and grow in your spiritual walk with God thanks again with much love Dominique

  3. Dear Helen

    Your words of encouragement speaks to my heart. Praise the Most High God! I know undoubtedly that the trails and opposition I am facing at work I am well able to handle coz our Heavenly FATHER is with me. I am strong and courageous because He is with me.

  4. Love it! Love it! Love it!
    From God’s mouth to your heart.
    Absolutly confirmation to me! I can’t put words or the tears to what this confirms to me after God just gave this exact same word to me on yesterday through his Holy word and then to get confirmation again on today through you. I must say that “tiller” testimony
    just sent it home and made my year! I am chosen and I am the tiller. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and keep you and your family! Amen

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