“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.” – Acts 27:33-34
Paul and the crew were in the middle of the storm, on a ship, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and things didn’t look so good. Yet here is Paul urging the people to eat and live. He understood that God was with them and to survive the storm they must do the simplest and basic of things, eat, drink and sleep. Here we see him urge them to eat and comfort them telling them things are going to be OK.
Our lives are no different in the storms we face. We must continue to survive in the storm. We must continue to do the basic stuff, so God can handle the big stuff. Something as simple as waking up, eating breakfast and moving about your day, if only to survive, can get us through the storm. Well, as long as we are also praying and striding forward in faith. God understands the storm, as a matter of fact in most of the Gospel accounts, we see Jesus is the master of the storm, with just a word he quiets the storm both inside and out.
Remember surviving is the key to recovery. If you are going through the storm now, hang in there and remember God loves you. He never promised perfection in this life, only that He would love you and never leave you, no matter the storm. Because on the backside, when we survive, He is there to lift us back up and move us forward.
He is faithful to His promises. If we scroll down just a few verses in Acts it says, “The rest were to get there [the island] on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.” (Acts 27:44) God fulfilled His promise to the crew and Paul and He fulfills His promise to us as well.