You can see the whole process for this page on the CR YouTube Channel or by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.
“21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.” (Acts 27:21-26)
Acts chapter 27 recounts Paul’s shipwrecked journey towards Rome, where he was a prisoner on the ship. They had made the unwise choice to leave the port of Fair Havens (I doubt the significance of the name was by chance) despite Paul’s warnings of unsafe passage. But no one wanted to listen to the prisoner. So here they were, in the midst of a terrible storm for over two weeks, and things were getting really bad. No one had taken the time to really eat, people were frantic, throwing cargo and ballast off the boat, and many on board were planning dangerous “escapes”. Some of the sailors, as they thought they were nearing land, wanted to take a lifeboat and escape. But Paul tells them that unless they stay with the ship, they would be lost. As long as they stay IN the ship, they would be saved. He encourages them to “take heart” and to have faith in God’s salvation.
This story is a picture of salvation. The ship represents Jesus. The sailors and passengers were doomed to die, unless they stayed in the ship as it ran aground. The ship’s demise brought life for the sailors, because they then were able to swim to safety. We all are doomed to die unless we remain IN Christ and accept His demise on the Cross. His death brought eternal life for us, if we have faith and remain in Him. “Take heart!” Paul says. Yes, friends, take heart! We have life eternal in Jesus!
I had so much fun creating this page. For this page, I used the June Faith Art Box and the free printable from Stephanie Adams that is available in the Creative Retreat Insiders Facebook group. I traced the large world on my page first and then loosely watercolor-painted it. I placed the world, which I had printed on a clear sticker sheet, over it, and then stamped and stickered the rest of my page. The little heart sticker on the world represents where Paul was shipwrecked in Malta. I love how the page turned out, especially the watercolored world and the tab cluster (even though I have Florida covered in water!).