The Perfect Storm

Acts 27:13-16, 21-25, 33-44


13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they could carry out their plan.  They pulled up anchor and sailed closely along the coast of Crete.  14 Before long, a hurricane-strength wind known as a northeaster swept down from Crete.  15 The ship was caught in the storm and couldn’t be turned into the wind. So we gave in to it, and it carried us along.  16 After sailing under the shelter of an island called Cauda, we were able to control the lifeboat only with difficulty.  21 For a long time no one had eaten.  Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have complied with my instructions not to sail from Crete.  Then we would have avoided this damage and loss.  22 Now I urge you to be encouraged.  Not one of your lives will be lost, though we will lose the ship.  23 Last night an angel from the God to whom I belong and whom I worship stood beside me.  24 The angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul!  You must stand before Caesar!  Indeed, God has also graciously given you everyone sailing with you.’  25 Be encouraged, men! I have faith in God that it will be exactly as he told me.  33 Just before daybreak, Paul urged everyone to eat.  He said, “This is the fourteenth day you’ve lived in suspense, and you’ve not had even a bite to eat.  34 I urge you to take some food.  Your health depends on it.  None of you will lose a single hair from his head.”