"Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage..." (Acts 27:22)
Ultimately, both Paul and Jonah experienced a terrorizing storm at sea. But how did they get there? For Jonah, we know from Jonah 1:3, that he "ran away from the Lord." God had a purpose for Jonah to speak against the city of Nineveh, but fearing for his life, Jonah "escaped" aboard this ship. For Paul, Acts 9:15 tells us of God's plan for Paul to "carry (His) name before the Gentile people and their Kings." Despite the certain imprisonment and torture, Paul obeyed and was on his way to Rome to appeal his case before Caesar. He was running "to" his Nineveh.
After the storms threatened to break apart the ships, see how the others responded. To Jonah they say, "what have you done?" (Jonah 1:10). They knew he was running away and his lack of faith had become a curse to the entire crew. In Paul's case, he had gained an influence and authority over the situation. In Acts 27:32-34, the crew does as Paul directs. They see his great faith and turn to him during this time of crisis. Paul had become a blessing on this ship.
There are so many great truths in this wonderful message. Truths of drawing near to God during adversity rather than pulling away. Truths regarding the type of encourager we are to be in times of crisis to those around us. Truths of God's great encouragement for us during hardships. Our prayer is that we are continually seeking God's plan for our lives and look to follow Him in the good times and bad. In that way, we will better answer adversity's calling as more of a Paul than a Jonah.