A couple weeks ago I heard Barbara Yoder speak on the Adverse Winds. It's a story from the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 27. You will find the key in verse 4. "putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us".
That has been on my mind ever since. Many Christians are living in a time of adverse wind. Change. Shift. Disruption. New Direction or worse indirection.
That's what an adverse wind does. It blows you off what you THOUGHT was your course, the direction you THOUGHT you were led to take.
It happens all the time. Particularly to Christians. We set our plans and then an adverse wind blows. We rebuke the wind. Command the wind. Make demands. YET. The wind blows. It may even cause us to shipwreck. We seem like everything we worked for is gone. We are abandoned on an island.
If you remember the story of Paul at Malta; you will remember how it comes out.
A miracle is accomplished.
Everyone is saved.
An Island is visited by a great move of God
Paul's destiny is reinforced.
It was all God's purpose. How do you think those who disembarked from the ship delivering the "Prisoner" to Rome dealt with Paul? I'm guessing he was treated as royalty.
As a result of this and some other conversation I posted this observation:
I can spot a man or woman of God who is truly called of the Spirit of God to a divine purpose. Father will allow adverse winds to blow on them. He wants to prove up their heart. He wants to see if they will stay steady in the face of discouragement, opposition, disaster & rejection. If they pass the test, they will have proven that their call is their anchor. Then promotion comes.
So, embrace the adverse winds. There are keys being revealed that will open certain doors in your life. You will be able to open the ones you might never have opened before because the winds have blown you to your destiny.
Let the winds blow.