Talk about adventure! This section of scripture is so exciting to read and it is terrifying to put myself into the situation of a passenger on board this ship. Previously Paul warned those in charge that they should not proceed on their journey, that they would suffer great loss if they did… Even to their own lives.
Paul was right, they end up stuck in a massive low pressure weather system. But Paul continues to be directed by God and God reveals that though they will lose their boat, not person will lose their life. In this midst of fear and chaos, Paul is a mountain of strength for the crew and other passengers, he becomes a leader. He is able to be so strong and courageous because:
- He trusts in God, he gave up running his own life along time ago. Paul is down with whatever God has planned… Even if it means facing death.
- Paul knows that nothing can stop God’s plan.
- Paul knew that the next step was for him to see Caesar, he knew where he was going, so he wasn’t worried about hiccups along the way.
- He knows the power of God. The people Paul meets get over taken by the plan and power of God as well. Rather than Paul getting derailed by the plans of others, Paul sees God derail the plans of others so that only God’s plan may stand.
Lord God, may I trust you with my life, know the next steps I am to take, know that nothing will stop you and see your plan sweep over all around me. Amen.
Written by Andrew Mellor