You’ve heard the stories…
Plane crashes in the woods, everyone survives the crash, but dies of starvation because they got lost trying to find their way out. Or the story of a hiker out on the trail who gets trapped in a freak winter storm. Relying on their instinct and survival skills, the hiker survives three days before a search and rescue team find them in the exact location they were lost.
Two Stories, Two Very Different Outcomes
On the one hand we have the story of the plane crash. Believing they weren’t far from the small town, they flew over during their descent, the badly shaken up passengers begin to hike towards the direction of the town, or so they thought. Instead of heading towards the town they ended up walking the opposite direction. Thinking they were close, they didn’t take care to procure any food or water. Needless to say, the search and rescue team found them 7 miles from the crash site and 10 miles from the town they flew over!
On the other hand is the story of a hiker who found himself trapped on the side of a mountain in a freak snowstorm. Knowing the last thing you should do is move from your location, this experienced hiker hurried to make a snow shelter, and began rationing his food and water. He also made provisions to be able to signal for help knowing he told the rangers station his course of entry and exist for his hike. Three days later after the storm settled, a search and rescue team flew over the exact location they believed the hiker to be. Sure enough, they saw the signal fire and pulled the hiker out of the woods.
You’ll Make it to Rome
We’re only mildly concerned about Paul’s shipwreck considering the encouragement Paul received in Jerusalem: Acts 23:11 (NLT) 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” If that wasn’t enough, even in the midst of the storm Paul’s comforted again by an angel in Acts 27:24 (NLT) 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ Continue reading Acts 27: “Stay Put”