Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship . . . So take heart, men, for I have faith in God . . .Acts 27:22,25
Imagine if Paul hadn’t been in the ship as it was driven through the storm.
- There would have been no one to stand up as the men on the ship reached the end of their strength, to urge them to eat and have courage.
- And there would have been no one to encourage the people, to share food to give them strength just before they struck land.
- If Paul had not been with them, everyone on board would have continued fasting for the whole fourteen days of the storm, and when the ship struck ground, none of them would have had the strength to face the forces of nature.
- All the crew, soldiers, prisoners and everyone on board would have been killed in the shipwreck.
It’s easy to see this in hindsight, but if we were on the ship, we probably wouldn’t have recognized the good that Paul did. He may not have realized how significant his actions were.
In the Darkness of Life’s Storms
We can be like Paul. We can be people who bring messages of hope in the darkness of life’s storms. We can be people who stand in the strength of the Lord when everyone around us is falling. We can help them up. Paul helped save all those on board. Who knows what good we might be able to do for those around us?
[Ever felt shipwrecked? Maybe your neighbor feels the same way right now. Please share a comment! Ed.]