Life’s Difficulties

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. (Franklin D. Roosevelt, late U.S. president)

The test of a sea-faring sailor is not how smoothly he or she sails over calm seas, but how they master the storm. When the high winds buffet and the waves threaten to sink them—that’s the time when sailors must use their training and skill to right the ship and bring it safely to harbor. It’s a perfect analogy of life. Our survival skills are developed through struggle and difficulty.

Is not all human life a struggle? (Job 7:1)
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)