13 We went on ahead to the ship. We sailed for Assos. There we were going to take Paul on board. He had planned it this way because he wanted to go to Assos by land. 14 So he met us there. We took him on board and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we sailed from there. We arrived near Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos. We arrived at Miletus the next day. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus. He didn’t want to spend time in Asia Minor. He was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem. If he could, he wanted to be there by the day of Pentecost.
Whether I’m in a hurry to get somewhere or not, there are no short cuts to moving forward – I just have to keep walking. These three verses are sandwiched between the story of Paul and his companions witnessing an amazing miracle, a dead man brought to life, and the group hurrying to Jerusalem for the much-awaited feast of Pentecost.
They’re three verses that simply describe the journey. They remind me that in between the high points of life there are the days of simply putting one foot in front of the other. I asked God, ‘why have all these details of ships?’ ‘Why is it important to know that Paul ‘walked’ and didn’t go by boat?’ I sensed God reminding me that life is a journey, made up of single steps, many of them quite mundane and un-spectacular, but they are steps that are happening with his guiding and they lead us to his purposes and plans. In this I find great comfort; knowing that my day to day moments and steps matter to him, and that he is leading me.
Father, if today is just a ‘keep walking’ day, remind me that it matters to you and as I commit each step to you, you are guiding me into your plans and your presence. Amen
Written by Rosie Walker