“In the twenty-seventh chapter of the Book of Acts,” Stan began one morning, “there is a harrowing account of what happened to the apostle Paul while he was being transported to Rome after he had appealed to be heard by Caesar.”
“Is that the part where he was shipwrecked?” I asked.
“That’s right, my friend,” Stan replied, “and it has a deep personal application for me and my walk with God.”
“A shipwreck has a personal application for you?”
“It is not the shipwreck per se,” Stan said, “but what happened right before that.”
“Tell me what you have in mind,” I said.
“While the ship was being tossed about in a violent storm, kind of like my life at times,” Stan continued, “the people on the ship started throwing overboard all that was keeping them from heading for the beach.”
“That,” Stan said, “is what I had to do, and what I must keep doing in my life in order to head for God’s beach without all that is keeping me from getting there.”
“For me,” Stan continued, “the beach is a picture of God’s calming presence and influence. In order for me to get there, I have to get rid of all of the hinderances that keep tossing me about in the storms of the world, the flesh, and the devil.”
“All of the stuff,” I responded, “that keeps you away from God’s peaceful presence.”
“Amen to that, my friend,” Stan responded.
And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. Acts of the Apostles 27:40.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the beach of your calm presence away from the turmoil of the world. You know how very much I need that beach. Please help me to get there by getting rid of all of the worldly encumbrances that hinder my journey into your presence. Please, Lord, lead and help me to follow as you lead me to where you intend for me to be away from the influences of self, and of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.