"God speaks in the language you know best - not through your ears but through your circumstances." -- Oswald Chambers
Sometimes we are smoothly sailing along, when suddenly, we are knocked off course by a strong gale, taking us by surprise. We struggle to get our bearings and recover our sense of direction as we realize it isn't letting up.
The circumstance that slams unexpectedly into our lives demands a response. Do we throw up our hands and let it take us wherever it wants and conquer us? Or do we fight it? Or do we let God use it to our advantage?
Just as a skilled sailor can use a headwind to carry him forward by using its impelling power to follow a zigzag course, it is possible for us in our spiritual life, through the victorious grace of God, to turn completely around the things that seem most unfriendly and unfavorable. Then we will be able to say continually, "What has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel." (Philippians 1:12). -- Streams in the Desert, L.B. Cowman, page 30.
God will give us what we need to not just face it, but turnaround the loss into gain if we turn to Him.