• Dr. Mike Routt


Etymology, the study of the origin of words, can prove to be quite fascinating. Today I am thinking of the word "opportunity." "Opportune" first appeared around the year 1400 AD. It was derived from two words, ob ("to, toward") + portus ("harbor"), and refered to the wind. In the ancient world, when the wind changed its direction and started to blow towards the port or harbor, it provided the most favorable time to sail into the port - an OPPORTUNITY.

I am thinking today about the corona virus pandemic. We certainly can't control the direction of the wind of this storm - this crisis. Nor can we control the winds of any adversity. But we do control (make decisions) how we "navigate" in regard to the wind.

So, with the fierce "winds" of the corona virus crisis, just what is our response? Fear? Anxiety? Stress? Discouragement? Worry? Depression? Complain?

Or is our response "ob portus?"

It's all about perspective. But, even more, it is about opportunity - the opportunity to exercise AND grow in our faith in the midst of this severe storm! So, I ask myself the question, "Do I see the corona virus crisis as an opportunity or an obstacle? Do I see the corona virus as a stepping stone or as a stumbling block?"

When the winds of crisis blow, we must adjust our sails. We must seize the opportunity! We must embrace the moment! Indeed, we did not have the power to choose which way the wind would blow! But we do have the ability to choose how we respond.

Through the winds of this adversity, let's take the opportunity to grow in our relationship with GOD and seek to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

What a wonderful opportunity we have!

Take a look at I Peter 5:10: "And after you have suffered for a little while, the GOD of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in CHRIST, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."


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