The journey had been long and it wasn’t over yet. The weather turned bad and it made sailing hard. It was doubtful they would be there by winter. But when the winds picked up they decided to finish the journey. Paul tried to warn them but they would not listen. After a short time the winds and seas became so rough they could not even guide the ship. Then they began to throw the cargo over board.
As Paul journeyed to Rome, it seemed like he would not be able to stand before Caesar and make his defense. Then the ship ran upon a reef and would not move. The waves literally beat the ship to pieces. Those who could swim did so and reached land. Others found something to float on and they, too, safely made it to shore. No life was lost—just as Paul had said. (Acts 27:44)
God had a plan for Paul’s life. Because he did, he brought him safely through the storm. When it seemed there was no hope, the One who knows all, showed His great power. Paul did stand before Caesar, and others as well, to preach the message of God.
God has a plan for your life as well. Part of the plan that He has is for you to be saved. Jesus came into this world to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) The plan God has for any of us always begins with our surrendering our lives to Him. Sometimes we try to make it on our own. We know what we want and we work toward achieving it. But, if it is not part of God’s plan, it is hopeless. Therefore, we all need to begin our journey by surrendering to our Maker and obey His Word as taught in the New Testament.
After we make our commitment to Christ, will the journey be "easy sailing"? No. There will be storms in our life we will face just as Paul did on the sea. Sometimes we may be inclined to think there is no hope, so what’s the use? Remember this: just as God brought Paul through the storm, He’ll deliver you as well. The times may be rough, but He is the Pilot who delivers safely to the destination.
So, when trials and problems make you want to throw up your hands and quit, remember God directing Paul. When finances are low, the children act up, the economy seems terrible, the marriage is rocky, and even when death to a loved one comes, God is still in control. Just be faithful to follow God and He will bring you through as well—even though the ride is rough. (1 Cor. 10:13)