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

  1. Woooowwww.

    This is spot on. I went through a faith testing period in the last couple of weeks and had moments where I began to wonder if all that I had believed about Jesus and the call on my life were true. I felt insignificant (particularly today) and nothing made sense but somehow felt that I only needed to be positioned in God to move forward. Holy Spirit was downloading a lot of stuff this morning and I got slightly afraid thinking, I had made a plan on how I would go to God in prayer for the next couple of days, but I felt led to something totally different and was assured to follow in the leading of Holy Spirit and not be afraid that what I had wanted to be the workplan was certainly not the things god wanted to reveal.

    Thank you Helen and God Bless you


  2. LaVetta Thomas

    This is so Me! Thank you for that Rhema word it came right on time and encourage me deeply! I’m in tears! Bless you!

  3. Wooow!!! I’m just speechless, God have been revealing things to me this week, emphasizing that I am the chosen one, He even used the name significant, didn’t know what He was talking about in my dream/vision, now I know.
    Thank you Helen


  4. God bless you! I been going through a rough time. This message had me crying so, I could hardly read it. My heart was filled with hope and inspiration. Thank God for you.
    May God bless you for your faithfulness.

  5. Harold Kirk Richardson

    There is a remnant of believers that have been overlooked, forgotten and downcast by the Body of Christ at large. A Body of Christ so infatuated with titles and positions that they have forgotten to be servants. Job 32:21-22 says, “Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” Even the Lord Jesus Christ Himself says in Matthew 23:11-12, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” What is so wonderful about the Coronation of David upon the Throne is that he was just worshiping God in the fields, dirty, forgotten but yet without a care in the world. The Joy of the LORD was truly David’s strength! I don’t care about titles, positions, organizations, sacrilegious ordinances, the traditions of men nor the accolades of counterfeit praise from deceitful hearts. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” Let our hearts be clean before the Lord GOD so that He can call us His Beloved, just like David! Amen!

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