Acts 27:9–12 (ESV)
Paul Sails to Rome
9 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of
the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put
out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
I remember when I had to get to the auto parts
store to get some parts before they closed. I had plenty of time and was in no hurry. Supper came and so did some friends. The other car that was working fine now had a flat tire and time was running out. I changed the tire as fast
as I could and raced to the auto parts store with about 3 minutes left before closing. I gave them the vehicle information and the part I needed. They told me they had it, but it was at another store. My heart sank... I waited too long.
Well this is kind of what has been happening with Paul. He has been delayed in prison and now the winter season has come and the trip will be too dangerous. The ship really needs to be harbored in a safe harbor for the winter. But, they take
a chance and Paul has warned them.
I pray: O Lord, there are times that we know that we should be taking a different route, but sometimes it is out of our control. Please protect us from all harm
and danger. Help us to stay calm and to trust in you. Amen.