How true. While it is probably best to learn your basic sailing skills on the smooth and calm waters of peaceful seas — but the experience of sailing in a storm and surviving provides a set of skills that moves the sailor beyond just basic ability into the realm of expert.
When I learned to drive my skills were pretty basic and I was able to easily pass the test to get my license. However, the night of my first “solo” flight it snowed. It snowed hard. There was a lot of snow! The trip home after dropping off my then girl friend was not a pleasant one. It was tough. Yet after it was over I realized that I had actually acquired some new skills. Not only the skill of driving in snow, but also the confidence to approach such situations with much more confidence.
Would I have chosen that weather for my first solo flight? Probably not. Was I glad that it happened? Not immediately, but as I matured I realized that the experience was part of become a better driver.
In Romans chapter 8 we read that God works in all things for the good of those who believe and are called to his purposes. When we allow God to work — even the “bad weather” in our lives can be beneficial in the long run. Is it fun or pleasant at the time — probably not. Is it part of growing and coming to maturity? Definitely.
In Corinthians Paul notes that our suffering — and the comfort that God gives us in suffering — can become part of the ministry we offer to others in their times of need.
Rough seas — but growth in our skills as a sailor are the reward.