calm in crisis
Acts 27:13-26 (JDV)
Acts 27:13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought they had achieved their purpose. They weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.
Acts 27:14 But before long, a fierce wind called the “northeaster” rushed down from the island.
Acts 27:15 Since the ship was caught and unable to head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.
Acts 27:16 After running under the shelter of a little island called Cauda, we barely had strength to get control of the skiff.
Acts 27:17 After hoisting it up, they used ropes and tackle and girded the ship. Fearing they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the drift-anchor, and in this way they were driven along.
Acts 27:18 Because we were being severely battered by the storm, they began to jettison the cargo the next day.
Acts 27:19 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.
Acts 27:20 For many days neither sun nor stars appeared, and the severe storm kept raging. Finally all hope was fading that we would be rescued.
Acts 27:21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “You men should have followed my advice not to sail from Crete and sustain this damage and loss.
Acts 27:22 Now I urge you to take courage, because there will be no loss of any of your throats, but only of the ship.
Acts 27:23 For last night an agent from the God I belong to and serve stood by me
Acts 27:24 and said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. It is necessary for you to appear before Caesar. And notice, God has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.’
Acts 27:25 So take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me.
Acts 27:26 But we have to run aground on some island.”
calm in crisis
One day, several years ago, I was in the midst of a life-threatening crisis. The thing that surprised me the most was the amazing calm that pervaded me, as if I were outside of the situation, watching it like a video. While hundreds of people were running around in panic and desperation, I was able to keep my head, and patiently wait for the way to clear before moving.
I think about that gift the Lord gave me that day. It was obvious that Paul had the same gift. The crisis was all around him, but he was able to think clearly, and act wisely. What made the difference? The text tells us that there were three realities that Paul clung to consistently, and those three realities were what he needed to face that crisis:
Paul relied on his relationship with God.
Paul sought his direction from God.
Paul focused on his mission from God.
Lord, when we face the crises you place us in, may these three realities keep us calm.
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