The Unwelcome Storms
Bible Character: Paul
But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf. Acts 27:41NIV
Sometimes this is what happens, we get caught in a great storm, and it turns into a shipwreck.
Leaders are sometimes faced with circumstances that they cannot control, leaving a reality that was not expected. Nonetheless, often it’s the reaction of a leader that defines them.
Paul was not in command, but ended up taking control of the situation. He was a prisoner on a boat with soldiers who would not allow him to put his hand on the rudder. They directed the boat into a violent storm that took the vessel out of the control of any man, and eventually shipwrecked.
What was Paul’s reaction to this?
Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. (Dictionary.com)
“Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage… Acts 27:21-22 NIV
Paul stood tall during the storm and encouraged determination. There is little to no comfort during a storm; you’re vulnerable, weary, and can feel helpless. Being brave may be a leadership trait that is not always teachable, but the first step is overcoming fear.
Strength: mental power, force, or vigor. (Dictionary.com)
Often strength is not about how many muscles you possess, but how much mental power you have. A storm tests your strength, and often time people can be more capable after it.
Paul showed both courage and strength during the unwelcomed storm, a model for leadership.