Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. (Publilius Syrus, 1st century B.C. Latin writer)

It doesn’t take a lot of skill or courage to guide a ship when there is no strong wind or high seas. But when the storms come, you really want a trained and experienced skipper at the helm. It’s a perfect analogy for life, isn’t it? The more experience we gain the better able we are to handle the changes and difficulties of life. Even then, though, it’s good to have a capable guide.

Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. (Exodus 18:20)