Even when we are caught in a spiritual shipwreck we are still under God’s sovereignty. Even when we endure trials and hardships that occur when our counsel is ignored we must maintain the peace of God. Even when we don’t understand all the reasons and timing behind our shipwreck we serve a faithful Lord. Even when it appears that we are in an unexpected place where hope appears lost we are being prepared for the miraculous. Be nourished by the word of God and the promise that our trial will become our testimony. Jesus is no stranger to shipwreck, and Jesus is no stranger to the miraculous. It’s time to walk by faith brothers and sisters. Get up and go forward again in Christ with boldness and newness of purpose.
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives[a showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.