39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.
Things rarely go according to plan. The soldiers were trying their best but storms and unavoidable circumstances got in their way. They were focused on their task, but they didn’t know God’s plan, His plan for Paul. The Lord used the centurion to protect Paul and ended up saving his life. In our day-to-day existence we can get focused on shortsighted goals “don’t do this… don’t do that…” just like the soldiers “don’t let the prisoners escape…” yet God most assuredly wants to do more. He is working out His will in our lives. Trust Him, and listen to His will. He may have a centurion in your life to save you! Don’t miss it.