Day 6 – Around the Cape

Heading South

Heading South

There are rites of passage. This is one for sailors. Cape Horn is the place where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. The word “collision” does better justice to the confluence of these two mighty bodies of water.  Leaving the Falklands/Malvinas we noticed the seas increase.  The winds became more biting and quite cold. (The pool on board the ship was not longer being used!)  In the late afternoon, the ship rounded the Cape.  More often than not, it is too rough to go around. Winds can be over a hundred miles an hour and forty foot waves are not unusual. Faced with this, ship captains choose a channel further north to cross to the Pacific.  Our guide explained that in almost twenty times rounding the Cape, he had never seen the sea so calm.  Mind you, it looked rough to us.  The waves appeared to be 14ft and the winds were 25knots. But, the sun was out, and the day was beautiful.


Typical Cape Weather

It struck me how difficult moments of transition can be, the passages we must make where one phase of our lives collides into another. Years ago, when our family moved to Miami from New Jersey, we had no idea how disorienting and painful the passage would be. We knew we were making a big move, but the magnitude of the storm caught us off guard.  Our whole family was affected.

We learned during our trip around the Cape that often ships waited for weeks until the conditions were favorable.  We also heard of ships that went down. For the better part of a year, our family felt battered making the passage before us.  We thank God that we arrived safely on the other side.

Selfie rounding the Cape

Selfie rounding the Cape

That afternoon our ship passed another ship making passage at the same time.  Nearly everyone went on deck to send up cheers to those on board the other ship.  As we rounded the Cape, we were told that at the southernmost point there is a small naval station staffed by a few members of the Chilean navy.  We assumed that being stationed meant you were being punished for some serious infraction of navy policy!  We couldn’t imagine living so far away from kith and kin, and in such extreme conditions.

Many years ago, a group of Christians also erected a massive cross at the Cape.  I’m not sure how they got it there. But, what an encouragement to know that God is Lord of the storm, to see the cross from the height of a massive wave with the wind howling, and to know He can bring us through the passages of life.  In the end, God has given us even more confidence in his mighty power, and his great love for us.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on February 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Great analogy. Thank you.


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