Focusing In the Storm

An editorial by Pastor Will Thomas

“13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty. 17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands , they struck sail and so were driven. 18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. 19 On the third day we threw the ship\’s tackle overboard with our own hands. 20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us , all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. 21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship..” ~ Acts 27: 13-22

The storms in our life are often necessary for us to “discard” the unnecessary things God never intended for us to have in our lives. Sometimes that means we have to get rid of relationships, things, habits, etc., so that we can have what’s necessary for our lives.

God must “separate before he can shift us.” Thank God for the storms (processes) he allows to help us get focused!

Cincinnati religious and community leader, Will Thomas, is affectionately known as “Pastor Will” because of his heart to see people live out their God-given potential, skill and gifting in their homes, churches, communities and work-force. He is a regular contributor to the Gospel Today online community.