Hope in the Storm (Part 2)

A Storm Is Coming!

It’s Acts 27 and Paul is in trouble, on his way to Rome by order of Festus in the middle of a typhoon. Meteorology is a science and the weather-man that day really missed this one!

(7) ‘We had several days of rough sailing and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us so we sailed down to the leeward side of Crete, past the cape of Salmone. (8) We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Haven, near the city of Lasea. (9) We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for long voyages by then because it was so late in the fall.’

Maybe you’re reading this and your life feels exactly the same way! Maybe you’ve had several days of rough sailing, each day brings great difficulty, the wind and everything or maybe even everyone is against you. You struggle along just to get through the day one step at a time and still you feel like you’re losing time and you’re too tired for another long voyage through the dark, cold winter.

It’s all a bit dramatic I know, but sometimes life just brings drama and just when we think it can’t get any worse… more drama, more rain, another rough day! Verse 18 – ‘The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard.’

I want to pause here for a second; how we manage challenge, trial and storms matters much. In life what we react to versus what we respond to can make a world of difference. The reference to the crew throwing the cargo overboard has always caught my attention. The way we react in the middle of pressure, sorrow or pain can often tempt us to throw things overboard, the problem is we cast things away that we really need to keep — when we ‘react’ we can make poor decisions that lead to increased problems, when we ‘respond’ we make good, quality decisions that are measured and wise.

So I began this post with the sub-title ‘A Storm Is Coming’ … years ago I would have thought this was a bad confession, today it’s reality, but not a terrible one… the good news is you’ll get through it.