Thursday 10 January, 2013

Acts 20:1-6

20 All the trouble came to an end. Then Paul sent for the believers. After cheering them up, he said good-by. He then left for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of hope to the people. Finally he arrived in Greece. 3 There he stayed for three months. He was just about to sail for Syria. But the Jews were making plans against him. So he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 Sopater, son of Pyrrhus, from Berea went with him. Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy went too. Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia Minor also went with him. 5 These men went on ahead. They waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Five days later we joined the others at Troas. We stayed there for seven days.

I don’t know what time period is covered by these 6 verses but it seems to me to be a lot of action and drama was involved in a day’s work for this follower of Christ! Paul has just escaped a riot in Ephesus and as

he continues about the work of encouraging the believers, he uncovers a plot to kill him – so he changes his plans. Following Jesus is not for the faint hearted. Paul and his companions are on

the move, on the go. The work God for them is an adventure!

I’m not sure that I grasp the true nature of my adventure in following Christ! Too often I find myself moaning about the difficulties or lamenting the quantity of resourcefulness required of me day to day.

But – the truth is that the best life – the greatest adventure, is going to be the one with complications and unexpected twists and turns. That life is challenging and demanding, and I am desperately needy for God’s intervention. That life is where I find Him.

Lord help me embrace the adventure You have for me – and lean into You more and more so I am able to take it all in my stride.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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