Acts 27: 6 “There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board”
They are on the way to Rome and have landed at Myra. It wasn’t difficult for Julius to find the next ship to Italy, there were regular vessels stopping off from Egypt to Italy. The nation depended on Egypt for grain and other produce. This Egyptian ship was from Alexandria and it was heading in their direction. Perfect. The prisoners all got on board and waited for their final leg to commence.
This was an indirect journey for Paul. I have taken those trips a lot in the last several years. I still get to where I want to go but it takes 2 aeroplanes and one time 4 to get there!
The person responsible to get Paul to where God wants him to be is a centurion named Julius, the unlikeliest of chosen people! But he found the next ship, he made Paul’s dream possible.
Never overlook even the strangest of individuals because they could be sent by God to get you to your destiny. It apparently looked like Jesus would collapse under the weight of his own cross and would not make it alone.
Mark 15: 20-22 “And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).”
We have a diversion, a stop along the way, a readjustment; someone else is introduced to the scene, Simon. But can you see the picture of what happened. Jesus was being led out of the city to be crucified and at the same time coming in to the city from the country was Simon. He was coming in the opposite direction. He exchanged with Jesus and turned around and followed Him and ever since people have been doing exactly the same thing as Simon did. Jesus turns the direction of people’s lives around.
Jesus stopped, caught his breath and was introduced to someone who would help him get through the final chapter.
Thank God for those people who have or are helping you reach your potential in God and fulfil His purpose for your life. They may be the unlikeliest and they may be a little press-ganged into serving, but nevertheless you know you would not get there without them.