When the Spirit Brings a Slow Recovery

Artwork for Flying Closer to the Flame

From a stormy, threatening sea, we come in Acts 28:1–10 to an island of refuge and recovery. Malta, 50 miles south of Sicily. For reasons we shall discover, the writer of Acts pauses for three months en route to Rome and lingers over the strange events that transpired in the aftermath of a shipwreck. They seem trivial on the surface. Why stay at Malta when the action is at Rome? What’s so big about R and R on a meaningless island if the objective is to reach Nero in the palace? Those are the predictable questions we, in our busy world, would invariably ask. As we work our way through these verses, it will become increasingly more clear that our times at Malta are just as significant as our days in Rome…maybe more so.