Pain & Purpose in the Pacific
 Richard Carl Bright


                                  Same Beach -- Different Time 


 That is what Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese sailor under the Spanish flag named the ocean he was sailing on. He said the ocean is peaceful, or “pacifico,” and so he named it “Pacifico” The ocean became known as the “Pacific.” It means peaceful.

The year for Magellan was 1521. Apparently to that point in time, Ferdinand Magellan had not seen a typhoon, or a military sea battle in this ocean. The march of time would prove that the Pacific wouldn’t always be peaceful. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:…a time of war, and a time of peace”(Eccl. 3: 1, 8).