Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement. So Paul warned them, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest. When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. (Acts 27:9-13)
My daughter’s friend divorced. In the process, her friend’s husband took all the money from their joint accounts and hired a powerful lawyer to gain full custody of their daughter. Both mother and daughter were helpless and devastated.
Like my daughter’s friend, Paul presented his case to the centurion but had no authority in the decision to sail or not. When people make decisions affecting us negatively, we can pray, remain in faith, and have hope as Paul did, or we can remain miserable.
I’m happy to report that my daughter’s friend has full custody of her child and that her husband is sitting in jail, realizing the consequences of his actions. I pray he finds his savior so that he may find peace.
Father, I praise You for answering my prayers when a situation seems hopeless. Remind me to give my problems to you. Thank you for keeping my family safe today and binding us closer to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.