Ever feel like where you are is not where you want to be… but leaving the old for the new just seems so unpredicatble and dangerous?
It’s the same old story that every hero has faced… its not safe where they are and it’s not safe to leave. The secret to being a hero, in life, lies less in how ‘great’ WE are, but how ‘dire’ are the straits we are in. The more dire the straits… the more motivation to risk change and to strike out towards new frontiers.
The real heros are the one’s who suck it up and set sail… despite the risks.
Paul, now a prisoner being brought to ‘plead his case of innocence’ has a little run in with the winds of fate (Acts 27:8, 12):
Sailing with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. Since the harbor was not suitable for spending the winter, the majority was in favor of putting to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, where they could spend the winter.
No… they didn’t reach Pheonix (just a little ways down the coast)… they were blown across the open sea and shipwrecked on a far away island. This was not in the plans. In the end… everyone was ok, and there was a new chance at making it to safety.
So… what’s the moral of the story?
Nowhere is safe… so, if where you are is not where you want to be… if where you are isn’t safe… set sail! There are no guarantees and nothing to lose.
God was with Paul… and Paul became a hero, and changed the world, when he left his ‘dire straits’.
So can we.