In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.’ So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away. Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. ‘For the last fourteen days,’ he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.’ After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. Altogether there were 276 of us on board. When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.” Acts 27:30-38 (NIV)
Paul was the kind of Jonah his Old Testament namesake could have been. Unlike Jonah, Paul did not shrink from the work of delivering the message you gave him. Unlike Jonah, he was awake and at work, mindful of every soul and situation. Unlike Jonah, he trusted Your word to him about his mission, his end. He believed against all odds and took every opportunity to offer the way of escape to those in danger of death and second death—separation from You.
Paul was another type of Jonah. Like You, he stood in the storm with others. Like You, he spoke the words of eternal life. Like You, he broke bread to sustain their strength. Like You, he was in the boat as an anchor in perilous times.
Jesus, here is my boat, my rudder, my life. Hold me fast through storm and wave. Break the Bread of Your word over my frightened soul. I rid myself of any confidence but You!
You are the “dove” that carried an olive branch to Noah. You are the Jonah Who was not detoured. You are the Spirit now living in me. Make me Your Jonah, one just like You.
In Jesus Name Forever