11 After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island – it was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. 12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. 13 From there we set sail and arrived at Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. 14 There we found some brothers and sisters who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome.
Paul has been on a series of journeys through the Book of Acts, taking the good news of Jesus across the known world, experiencing both great triumphs and desperate suffering. In all of it he has known the guidance of the Spirit and enjoyed the presence of God who has been his strength when he has felt weak. Our life journeys may not be quite as dramatic as Paul’s, but the same God travels with us as we head towards our own Rome.
Father, thank you that as we follow Jesus, our journey of faith, may we, like Paul, find contentment and strength in you and the know the guidance of the Spirit.