This is the final post in our blog series entitled “In the Eye of the Storm”. If you remember from our previous posts, I wrote about the two types of personalities that were aboard the ship in the storm with the Apostle Paul.
Today we will be discussing about the “no hoper”.
The crew, captain, and Apostle Paul were surrounded by darkness, Acts 27:20.
Have you ever been in a situation where everything around you was falling apart? Did you go to a dark place inside of yourself? How did you feel? Did you feel trapped and all alone? Did you think the situation was hopeless?
After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. (Acts 27:21-22)
Charlotte pointed out to us that, some of our eyes maybe looking at the “damaged” ship. What is your “damaged” ship?
Get your eyes off the Storm and onto your Savior! Charlotte Gambill
“Do not be afraid said Paul (Acts 27:24)
I like to stop and reflect on the definition of the eye of the storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area, typically 30–65 kilometres (19–40 mi) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather and highest winds occur. In my opinion, it actually looks like the pupil of an eye. I found this information on the Wikipedia website.
Charlotte pointed out that the eye of the storm is past the noise and chaos.
is your Peace when your are anxious
is your Father when you are alone.
is your Healer when you are facing illness.
Charlotte pointed out that storms “starve” us. Some of us are so into our storms, that we stop reading our Bible, we don’t want to talk to our Christian friends or even celebrate with them in church.
Paul instructed the men to eat. (Acts27:34) He took some bread, and thanked God in front of all the men. The next day the men tried to save their ship, but couldn’t. The soldiers had wanted to kill the prisoners, but the Centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life! (Acts 27:35-43).
Here are some following thoughts from Charlotte Gambill.
Life is full of storms!
- Be spiritually in tuned because God may warn you.
- You have to learn to navigate them.
- Learn how to speak to your storm
- You have a voice in the storm
- The enemy is trying to rob your voice while you are in the storm.
Do not let the winds and waves lie to you. Charlotte Gambill.