Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 2nd Corinthians 11:25 NIV
The breeze stopped. The two men let go of their oars. The boat sat lifelessly in the sea. They were hundreds of miles from the nearest shore. There was no telling whether they would have enough food or water to survive until they made it across the Atlantic Ocean. The situation seemed bleak. They had been rowing for over a week. Their hearts dropped until it was too big of an effort for them to make the heavy boat move again. So they just sat there and let the size of their situation dawn upon them. Can we relate to souls who have suffered on a sea of despair?
Our hearts go out to Paul. He once lived for earthly motives. But since he met Jesus, his life was changed. Have we met our Savior? How can we tell? If we have only managed to clean up our lives to some new higher standard, then our encounter should still be sought. If we have suffered such a critical predicament that only Christ was there to bring us through, then we will certainly come away with new priorities. Paul is an inspiration to us because he obviously sought Jesus so intensely, that for him any situation that he faced was sure to need his Savior there by his side. Shall we pray for a walk with our Lord that not only makes Him essential in all we do but one that resonates with His saving power and love?
Let us encounter You in this sea of life in a Way that we will both need You and seek You increasingly more, we pray!