Paul is still a prisoner. And he is still trying to get to Rome. And this leg of that journey is no easier than any of the others. In fact, it’s pretty dang hard.
They are on a ship trying to sail at just about the worst time of year to do so. The wind doesn’t cooperate with them. There’s a huge storm. It’s literally one thing after another.
At one point everyone on the ship completely loses hope of surviving this ordeal. Well, everyone except Paul.
God clearly told Paul no one on the ship would die, and Paul had complete faith in that, even though the circumstances gave him zero reason to. Paul had experienced God’s faithfulness over and over again, and he knew that God always keeps his promises. He knew God had a plan to save them all, and he trusted that plan fully, even though he didn’t know how it would be carried out.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever been in a situation where it just seemed hopeless? Like there’s no way you’d come out of unscathed? Like the storm had you surrounded and there was no way out of it?
I sure have. On many occasions. But I can look back on every single one and see so clearly how the Lord had me the whole time. I can see how each storm served a purpose in his plan for me, and how he used it to push me to the next leg of the journey.
I can see that I can trust his plan.
But I still need to be reminded of it.
I’m walking through some stuff right now that doesn’t have a known outcome. I know he’s doing something right now, but I have absolutely no idea how it’s all going to turn out. What I do know is that I can be at peace with it because he does know how it’s going to turn out. He’s promised me some things, and I know he is faithful to keep those promises.
But until then, I’ll keep reminding myself to trust him fully and to move forward in complete obedience, even if it doesn’t make sense to me now, and even if I may not necessarily want to.
And I can’t wait to see what happens when the storm clears.
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