Acts 27:39–44 (ESV)
when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders.
Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners,
lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And
so it was that all were brought safely to land.
Finally an end comes to those on the ship. They can make out a beach, so they cut their anchors, raise the sail, and head the ship to the beach.
They know that it will either crack up on the reef or ground itself on the way to the beach. Whichever, it will get them closer to the beach. They struck the reef and the ship began to break apart. With the ship breaking apart and all the
chaos, soldiers decided to kill the prisoners, because they would not be able to maintain control over them. The centurion however did not want Paul killed, so he stopped the soldiers plans. Those who could swim were to jump and swim for their
lives. Those who could not swim were to jump and grab a hold of planks or pieces of the ship and ride the waves into the beach. And true to Paul’s word, they all made it to the beach alive. Well, Paul was right, but really it is God
who is right and in control. Paul was a witness to all on the ship and a guide to their safety. You could claim that he was their savior, but we all know that it was God’s work. Paul always gives the credit to God.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be bold and to stand firm in my faith, even when my life is at stake. I think I still need some more shaping from the master potter. Mold me and make me to serve your will. Let your
light shine through me, but not for my glory, but for yours. Amen.