I have a close friend who I've been thinking about daily lately...and praying for because she is in the process of making a big move. She is a godly lady who has made some big moves in life because she is ready and willing to go where God wants her. The journey she has been on has been filled with ups and downs, but God has blessed her in great ways because of her obedience. She shares her stories with everyone (She can talk to anyone!). Listening to her has encouraged me so much. She is also a woman who is very humble. No job...including cleaning up puke is too low for her. She does whatever needs to be done even if she doesn't have the time. She has amazing faith in God and believes wholeheartedly in His plan. As I read about Paul on his journey, I think of Diane. Diane didn't know where her journey would take her, but she has humbly taken on the journey God has given her.
In Acts 27 we find Paul on a boat headed for Rome. His journey for God continues. It's a boat trip with major drama. My life makes me tired, but Paul's life...makes me exhausted. But as we read about this trip Paul doesn't seem tired. Everyone around him seems overwhelmed. Paul had told the centurion that the journey was going to be disastrous and bring great loss, but no one listened to him. They continued the journey, and then the storm got crazy. The crew literally tried everything to save their lives and their ship. It wasn't just a few hours, or a day storm...it was many days. Because they threw the cargo off the ship, they didn't even have food. Maybe that wasn't all bad at first since they probably would have lost anything in their stomachs with all the crazy bouncing, but they did get hungry after a while. When life looked bleak, Paul told them no one would die. Paul said, “Last night an angel of the God whose I am 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'.''
I love what Paul says, “the God whose I am and whom I serve”. Paul could endure the journey not just physically but mentally because he was close to his Savior, and he trusted God. This is how my friend Diane lives. She stays close to her Leader and just keeps serving. We can handle the storms of life with God. I want this...you?