“Paul warned, ‘I see only disaster ahead for cargo and ship—to say nothing of our lives!—if we put out to sea now.’” Acts 27:9-10
Yesterday, while the sun was still shining, the State of New Jersey called for a weather emergency which shut down schools for today. When challenged about this decision he said parents need time to make arrangements for their children for child care when there is a snow day.
Paul anticipated stormy weather and tried to convince the captain of the ship he was aboard to remain in the port another day. But he allowed them to convince him they would be okay. However, the storm worsened and the ship capsized and broke apart.
Thirty-seven years ago I spent a week in a Chicago hospital following surgery. A fierce winter storm hit and dumped two feet of snow. When looking down from my 11th story room, I couldn’t see how bad it really was outside. I called my husband and said, “Are you coming in to see me today?” He said, “I can’t see across the driveway, so I’m not coming.” The next day, the roads were clear, and he was able to make 26-mile trip drive me hone without incident.
When going through storms in life, physical, spiritual, or mental, we must listen for advice from God and other trusted people. Should you decide to move forward, you must be willing to suffer the consequences.
Lord, give us discernment skills to protect us from harm. Amen.