Acts 27:5

"When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia." NIV translation

Myra in Lycia is in the southern part of what is now Turkey. Although it is not there today, it was a thriving port city at this time. Near the city was a fertile plain and grain was sent from there to Rome.

Acts 27:6

"There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board." NIV translation

In this thriving port city, the centurion was able to find a ship headed for Italy. It was a ship from Egypt as there were many ships from Egypt that stopped there on their way to Italy with grain. 

Acts 27:7 & 8

"We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite of Salmone. We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea." NIV translation

Once again, the winds did not allow the ship to take the course that they wanted. They ended up landing in a port located on Crete which was a good place to wait out the weather. Even today, this port is used as a shipping and storage depot. Many point to these struggles with the winds and say that God was intervening to try to stop Paul from going to Rome but that is not so. As we shall see, these winds had brought them to a safe spot where they could rest and wait on God. It is a reminder to us that we can trust God in all things even with winds that seem to be against us.

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