Living on a Hebridean Island off the West Coast of Scotland the phrase “adverse weather’ has threatening connotations. The ferry may be may be liable to disruption, delay or cancellation. With only one sailing a day scheduled in the summer timetable, and five sailings a week in the winter timetable, the ferry service is vital. It is our only link to the Mainland road system. No ferry can also mean a loss of bookings on public transport and as a result incurring perhaps hotel charges and costly buy on demand rail tickets. Yet, the joy of living in such a community more than makes up for the inconvenience – even when the shops run out of milk and bread.
The final direct ferry sailing between Tiree and Barra was cancelled last Thursday. Sunday’s sailing between Tiree, Coll and Oban, the last sailing under the summer timetable was likewise cancelled. This morning’s sailing, the first under the winter timetable, was cancelled. In the last five days three return sailings have been cancelled – the reason being ‘adverse weather’. This morning’s 5:45am sailing never even left port.
The compensation today for today’s adverse weather and sea conditions was another great sunrise accompanied by stormy seas and sky. A real bonus was our stranded guest electing to make use of the dry weather to paint our fence. Thanks!
Whether living on the Mainland or a Hebridean Island,
the Christian has this confidence,
‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’
From Paul’s letter to the Christians in first century Rome.
Not everything is good or even for my good.
But God works in everything for my ultimate good.