In Acts 27:27-44 we see Paul and the ship’s crew are in the midst of a storm for at least 14 days. This storm was so intense Paul says the sailors were in constant suspense and had not eaten. I can only imagine what it’s like to be out at sea with the wind and rain continually beating against you. Particularly when you think of the kind of ship they must have been sailing. The ship’s crew would have been working long days with very little sleep, doing all they could to keep the ship afloat. However, we see the storm didn’t last forever. Eventually, they ate a good meal, got some rest, and moved on to the next adventure.
This has had me thinking about the different seasons and different paces of life I’ve lived. I like living with a healthy balance, but it rarely seems to work that way. There are times for storms and there are times for clear beautiful skies. There are times when a good extended rest is in order and there are times when sleepless all-nighters are necessary. There are times to encourage others and times to be encouraged by others. There are times you go days without eating and times when you feast with friends. We could go on and on…
This has reminded me of King Solomon’s great words in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What time do you personally find yourself in? Do you enjoy it or are you longing for a different time to begin? I’m not sure there is right or wrong answer to that question, but I am trying to learn that every time/season has a purpose and the Heavenly Father is right beside me during it all.