The Storms of Life

Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.  And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.  And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.  But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

Acts 27:11-14

If this passage teaches us anything, it is that the storms of life will come.  Here, the master of the ship had done everything he could have humanly done to ensure a safe a profitable voyage (except listen to Paul, but that is another story).  I’m sure the ship was solid and ready and I’m sure men sailing it were capable men.  And, “when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed…”  The current weather conditions and forecast looked good.  There was no storm on the radar and they had a nice, soft south wind blowing them in the direction they wanted to go.  Everything was going smoothly.

But then a “tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon” came up and the storm began.

That sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it.  Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, some problem or trial arises.  Just when it seems like you are going to have smooth sailing, a storm comes up and shatters the tranquility.

There are always going to be storms.  No sailor ever lived his life without ever going through a storm.  Storms will come.  The question is this: what are we going to do in the storm?  Who are we going to trust?  It helps to know the “Master of the winds.”  It helps to know the One Who tells the storms what to do.  We can rest safely in that knowledge, no matter what storm we may be going through!

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