"When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved." - Acts 27:20
The morale of everyone on the ship hit rock bottom. For 14 days, they couldn't overcome the deadly storm. The elements were greater than human craft or ability. The people on the ship tried everything, but nothing worked. All hope was lost to be saved. They gave up.
But there was Apostle Paul, who I believe with my whole heart was in prayer during the storm. In prayer, there was an intense exchange. Paul's fears in exchange for God's courage (Why do I believe that Paul was scared? Because the angel told Paul, "Do not be afraid."). Weakness, for His strength. Despair, for His hope. And Paul received from God. However, his prayers led to intense intercession for the situation and the lives of the people. Paul got through to God. And God sent an angel of the Lord to bring a message of hope for everyone on the ship. Paul shared about His God, his faith in His God and what He promises. Everyone will live.
Sycomore, let us be a body of Christ who will pray, intercede, and bring hope for that someone whose hope is all lost. And when hope is given, let us be a church that will share about our faith in the Giver of that hope, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.