“…disaster forced Paul and his companions to look beyond their present strength to find new strength in God.  They were not granted immunity; they were granted opportunity.  God did not shield them from disaster or from being “overwhelmed” as if they were wimps.  He put them in a place where they could reach beyond themselves and become heroes, drawing upon a power that was not in them. “
(Fr Lawrence Farley, ‘No Other Foundation’ blog)