Shipwrecked

I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel...24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
— Acts 27:22-25

Faith is when you trust God against all odds.

Fourteen days a raging storm tossed Paul's ship around the ocean. The crew thought they were done for. No sun, no light, no break from the tempest. They tried to lighten the ship as much as possible by cutting off anchors, dumping the ship's tackle overboard, even throwing food into the churning sea--anything to make it out alive. Fourteen days of this and the storm pounded harder. 

Yet Paul, a prisoner on his way to appeal before Caesar, had a word from the Lord and used that as his anchor of hope. He held onto that word for dear life because he knew that God always fulfills His word. Not only that, but God promised to spare the entire crew--not just Paul. God had a mission in mind and the storm would take them there. Against all odds, Paul trusted and believed in God even though the storm raged on. 

30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea... 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off.
— Acts 27:30-32

Sometimes you have to let go of your logical ideas and remain where you are in order to be saved. This is when faith moves against all odds.

You have to cut off your plan B and remain where God has placed you until He says it's time to go. Our job is to wait on God, wait for His voice, wait for His timing, until He moves us forward. He will bring everything else to pass as it should. When we have a plan B in mind that goes against His word, we become lost in the sea. We'll be dashed against the rocks. 

I know what it's like when storms rage around you; darkness shrouds your mind and you pray for daylight to come, for the circumstances to end; yet the tempest grows more intense and you're trying to keep your head above water. At times like these, I've often tried to come up with a plan B because, "Surely this isn't what God had in mind when I said Yes!

The best thing you can do in a tempest is lighten your load. Check your priorities, your relationships, your habits, and cut off the things that are weighing you down. 

The sailors threw anything overboard that they didn't need because they had to lighten the ship. God told them to stay put, so they lightened the load. The things that you don't need and only weigh you down...leave it in the sea.

Finally, when you're in a tempest, give thanks to God and remember His word. Don't forget the promises that He gave you because those will be your life source. Contrary to current circumstances, His word rings more true. You can hold onto that and put your life on His word. It will save your life.