I was crossing the Pacific on a voyage from Korea to Portland aboard a Liberty ship when we encountered heavy seas and the ship's propeller would come out of the water as we came off a heavy sea.

Unless the ship's engine revolutions per minute were immediately reduced, the ship would shake violently, causing possible damage to the ship. This was referred to as a "butterfly watch."

It seems to me the same is true in our lives, when faced with the "heavy seas" of life, be it trials of human relationships, financial problems, health or just a hopeless feeling. Rather than let it cause harm to you, go on the "butterfly watch:" slow down, pray up, take the pressure off yourself, relax and just like the ship, you'll reach home port in good shape.

Jim Bernard, Astoria