“… the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon …” (Acts 27:13)
The rest of the story in 27 (Acts) is very interesting. Among many things that stands out is the idea that Paul is a prisoner on this ship (276 souls) … and he gives the centurion (he’s in charge, by the way) advice … advice that will end up saving everyone’s life. So, to some degree, it’s not the people who are in authority who have the wisdom; it’s the prisoner, Paul. And, in fact, he does save their lives. But, Paul is still a prisoner, who paradoxically has freedom at the same time. It is not until death that Paul experiences the maximum freedom. And it is not suicide, where Paul decides that it is time to go to the Other Side. No, it is the authorities who decide it is time for him to go. Humility. Wisdom. Courage. There it is: hope in the storms; glory in the story.