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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


Oct. 27, 2013

Nothing says adventure like a journey on the open sea. Some of the greatest adventure stories in history have been about ships and their crews. Captain James Cook, for example, of Britain’s Royal Navy, wrote exciting detailed journals of his voyages around the world years before America’s Declaration of Independence was written.

But not all adventures at sea are pleasant, and not all sea voyagers make a trip by choice. In Roman times, slaves were used to row the empire’s ships, and prisoners were sometimes transported for trial.

Paul was a prisoner on a ship. He and other prisoners were on their way to Rome to face the charges against them. Paul had done nothing wrong, but some people wanted him to stop preaching the gospel.

On the way Paul warned the ship’s crew of trouble ahead. But they wouldn’t listen. They insisted on sailing on. It wasn’t long before they ended up in the middle of a terrible storm. The wind blew hard, and waves crashed against the ship. The men cried out in fear. They thought they were about to drown. But Paul spoke up and encouraged them.

Paul told the frightened men, “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you’” (Acts 27:23,24, NIV).

The storm raged for many days. Finally, the ship ran aground on the island of Malta. The ship broke apart, but the men stayed safe just as God had promised. Some swam for shore. Those who couldn’t swim held onto pieces of wood and floated to the island. All 276 people on board survived the shipwreck.

On the island, Paul shared the gospel with the people of Malta. He prayed for those who were sick, and God healed them. When a deadly snake bit Paul, he shook it off and wasn’t harmed. When the islanders saw this, many believed in Jesus. They knew God was working miracles among them.

After three months, Paul said goodbye to his new friends as he and the others again set sail for Rome. To some, the shipwreck might have seemed like a disaster. But to Paul it was another faith-filled adventure.

Throughout the journey, God proved His faithfulness. God didn’t just care for Paul. He loved and protected all the people on board the ship. God also made a way for the people of Malta to hear the good news about Jesus. Isn’t it amazing how God brings good out of situations that look bad?

You don’t have to be in a shipwreck to experience God’s faithfulness. Invite Jesus to be involved in every detail of your life. He will lead and guide you into the adventure of a lifetime.

— By Christina Quick

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