Acts 27: 40: “And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders, and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach.” These were the last of seven sailors’ tricks, strategies which seafarers used to avoid shipwreck. They didn’t work, either (v. 41). What did work was the purpose of God. He had already told Paul that He was going to get him safely to Rome (vv. 25, 26) after first getting him to a ‘certain island’, where a sick man and a pagan people who needed the Gospel awaited. The purposes of God beat sailors’ tricks every time!