“Before very long, a wind of hurricane force called the Northeaster, swept down from the island, the ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along” (Acts 27:14).
Summer in Florida has some great advantages: fun beach days, picnics, Disney World! Unfortunately, there are also negatives–one very big one is hurricanes. In fact, one summer we had three consecutive hurricanes. What a whirlwind of a summer that was. I was reminded of that when reading about Paul and his shipmates.
They found themselves in just such a precarious situation also, for many days they were tossed and blown by the storm, they were so fearful they began to throw cargo and then even the boats tackle overboard, hoping to save themselves and the ship (vs. 18-19). They had giving up all hope of being saved, (vs. 20) but not Paul.
He believed and had faith. In fact, God sent an angel to reassure him that although the ship would be lost, they would not lose their life. For God’s purpose for Paul and those men was not complete. Paul told them “keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me” (vs. 25).
Do you feel like your illness or life is tossing you around in the storm? Is the fear of the unknown causing you to throw everything He has taught you overboard? My word for you today is the same as Paul’s–“keep up your courage . . . have faith in God.”
Yes, I too believe that God has promised us, that although the hurricane of illness and life may seem ominous, His power is greater. Although these vessels may be torn and battered–have faith, for we will live in Christ!
Prayer: Father, today I pray that as we read Your Word we will recognize that Your promises are as much for us as they were for Your servant Paul. Thank You for loving us enough to be our port in the storm, as well as when the skies are clear, granting us smooth sailing. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in central Florida, she is blessed to have three grown children, and a wonderful husband who is also her caregiver in those difficult times of illness. She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with many digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art, writing. He desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God ordained opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
What hurricane are you sailing through in your life? Do you believe that God will see you through just as He did Paul? What did you do to make it through the storms of the past?
In this song, Natalie Grants sings “Hurricane” and the lyrics may feel familiar when compared to your life. Spinning, feeling out of control, is all part of living on this side of heaven. But the words also encourage, sharing how it is never to late to draw close to God. You are never to trapped in your circumstances to ask God for help. I hope you enjoy this song. God bless, -Lisa