The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. (Edward Gibbon, 18th century English historian)

Few would want to be sailing on the high seas with equally high winds. It takes skill to manage those elements safely. What would be extremely difficult and dangerous for the amateur is a challenge to experienced sailors. They will know how to use the elements to their advantage. Likewise, learning and experience can train us to handle life’s difficulties with assurance.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown (Isaiah 43:2).