Disastrous events happen every day in our world. Many are natural occurrences; many come by mans poor decision making. God allowed Paul to innocently fall into the paths of both. Though shipwrecked, Paul still had faith in God. After swimming and floating on a plank to the island of Malta, the natives showed them unusual kindness. While gathering wood for the fire, which the islanders benevolently built, a snake latched on to Pauls hand. The people expected Paul to fall and die, but God spared his life and Paul suffered no ill effects. The chief official of the island welcomed Paul into his home. Paul prayed for the chiefs ill father, laying healing hands upon him, and he recovered. Shortly after, many other islanders began to see the mightiness of God. Many came to believe in our living God. Acts 26, 27 and 28 tell many interesting stories of Gods amazing greatness and of His working through hopeless situations to benefit His people.
Our daily sail with the Lord needs to be faith driven with the help and power of God. We are in the boat together and we need to let Him guide. When God allows events to shipwreck us, He can use us in many ways. In the midst of the storm, pray that you will be able to lend a helping hand and be that beacon to the people around you. God will surely bless your course.
– Ann Reilley