Wednesday, October 23
After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta.
Layovers…they can make what would be a normally routine or somewhat smooth trip into a traveler’s nightmare. If you’ve ever done any overseas traveling you probably found this to be the case, especially in the event of an unexpected layover or delay. This is what Paul experienced on his way to Rome. A violent storm blew in and ran Paul’s ship into a reef causing Him to have a layover interrupt his journey. Much like being stranded in an airport overseas after missing a connecting flight, Paul was forced to endure an unwanted delay. Unlike how most people would have reacted, Paul chose to make the most of his time on this layover. Even after being shipwrecked and snake bit, Paul healed many and led the entire population of the Isle of Malta to the Lord. You see, Paul chose to live in his layover rather than lament about it. He refused to focus on the tragedy. Instead, he sought to live the way someone who loved and followed Christ should live in times of uncertainty…with joy and peace. He could have easily acted like most others would have and thrown an angry pity party but he chose to make the most of the layover. He allowed his life that was spared to be lived out in front of hundreds of unbelievers. No matter where your life’s journey has you, whether it’s good or bad at the moment, you have a choice as to how you handle the unexpected layovers. You can choose to lament over them or live in them. Maybe you need to make a choice to live in that job you hate, or in the midst of family issues, or through that financial hardship that you’ve been lamenting over until now. Good times and bad that are beyond your control will come and go. You must choose to release what you can’t control and take responsibility for what you can. In many case, the only thing you have control over is the way you choose to act in the situation you’re in. That choice alone can determine how quickly you see yourself back on course and arriving at your destination. Choose to live through your layovers and watch how God uses you in them. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff