The trip to Rome had begun. Paul could see what would happen and saw the doomed outcome. He was kind to share the vision with the Roman Centurian and the ship’s owners, Sadly, they refused to listen, So, as they moved forward toward Italy, it was a difficult and arduous journey. Paul was able to see some friends along the way, but it was mostly just the grind. Interestingly, there seemed to be no major events–just living day to day.
In our walk, life is very similar. Most days are just the grind. There are huge events that mark the journey, but a great deal of the time it is simply slowly moving forward and trusting God along the way. When we trust God, He reveals himself to us. As that happens, we can see what is coming and are given the opportunity to prepare.
In the interim, however, it is our responsibility to push through the daily steps of our lives by faith. We must live lives that honor the Lord even when it seems mundane. We cannot simply seek God in the turbulent and trial filled times of life. We must also seek him on each average day. Paul did that. In fact, it was Paul’s obedience on the average days that would carry him through the disastrous ones. Let us also live for our Lord on the average days.
God Bless You
When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.
3 The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs. 4 From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. 5 When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone. 8 We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.
9 Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.[a] So Paul warned them, 10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. 12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete, facing both southwest and northwest.