Today was a very interesting day at work. I am a merchant seaman/seawoman. I, in particular, navigate big ships that carry products all over the world. Today, was interesting because we had 4 different alarms activate that I had never heard before on top of regular everyday stuff just plain ol’ malfunction. I heard a high frequency radio sound like an ambulance and there is no such thing as volume control. We had a navigation light failure alarm, a separate fire system alarm for the engine room that was louder than the first “ambulance like alarm” and rings in two separate places and somehow the “BEEEEEEEP” that I normally hear when someone either speeds up or slows down the entire ship goes off. Now I knoooow I shouldn’t hear in the middle of the ocean but somehow, this is what I’m hearing. I’m like “Oh Lord, did we just break down?” NOPE! Just ol’ Jimmy dusting off the console and accidentally bumped the wrong lever. The radars kept failing. We have whats equivalent to a giant bullhorn that I test everyday so in the event of an emergency, we sound this horn and the entire ship hears it. I literally press this button for not even an entire second to test it at noon everyday and it doesn’t stop blowing. Major malfunction! So imagine someone blowing a foghorn continuously in your ear while your trying to enjoy a nice quiet meal. *Sorry shipmates. LOL! Yall know when stuff breaks, they reeeeally break!
This was the longest 2 hours of my life but the funniest thing was that after it all happened and realized how many new alarms I’d experienced, I realized I wasn’t even stressed. Not even a smidge annoyed. I actually smiled and immediately remembered what James said in chapter 1 v. 2(he didn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff), “When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. v.3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow(NLT).
I say aaaaall of that to say this: When trials come, smile and tell yourself outloud, “Consider it great joy.” Ask God to give you the wisdom(v.5) to handle these issues in a manner that pleases him.
Ultimately, today was a great day. All the random issues in the long run will make me a better navigator in the future and I know that if you think along the same lines for the controversies that come your way, you’ll be a better person as well.
P.S. The Book of James is very short and has a bunch of tidbits for everyday life. I truly enjoyed this and think you will too!
Love You All,