Paul told the officer and soldiers, “if these sailors do not stay on the ship, you have no hope of staying alive”. Then the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away. Acts 27:31-32
The ship carried three categories of passengers: sailors, soldiers and prisoners. In fear, the sailors devised a plan to desert the ship and escape using a lifeboat. Throughout Acts 27, there is solid line of details that describe skillful navigation of the ship in the chaotic storm – lowering anchors, raising sails, measuring the water’s depth etc. These decisions and actions required knowledge and experience of seasoned sailors. Yet they looked for an exit in the face of what they thought was certain demise. But the opposite was true, if they stayed in the ship no one would perish.
In the middle of the storm, when our experience and knowledge fail or make little difference, it may seem like a good time to move towards “Plan B”. But our Father intends for us to go through some storms and while we have examples of Him rebuking the waves and calming seas, this time He will demonstrate His ability to protect us through the turbulence. Therefore, efforts to evade the “go through” may be frustrated and our options quickly whipped away in the fury of a seemingly endless night. Stay on board with His will and keep navigating in faith through prayer. He is with us.
The lessons are:
- His will does not include your Plan B – Yahweh’s way is perfect; He will direct your path.
- Let it go! Be willing to accept that the lost opportunity was never His will for you.
- No more avoidance. Instead of escape, begin to focus again on the instructions that will move you into “after the storm”. He has brought you this far, He will take you through.
Read: Acts 27
Write: Is your Plan B being shelved? What needs to be let go to demonstrate your complete trust in Father Yahweh’s strategy through your storm? In your journal write what you are releasing into the wind, as you listen for His voice in prayer.
Pray: (ACTS) Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication