Some days are just like that!

In the book of Acts, the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul are given. Paul is the one who had persecuted those that believed in Jesus Christ until his experience on the way to Damascus in Acts 9.  As soon as Paul had that amazing revelation of who Jesus Christ really is, he became a bold witness for the very thing he had been determined to stop. 

But Paul’s life after that experience was far from calm and peaceful. He had to sneak out of Jerusalem once because his life was being threatened. He was misunderstood and rejected by the religious leaders of the day. In the town of Lystra, he went from being considered a god to being stoned with rocks.  He was considered a troublemaker and ringleader, was thrown in jail, and was beaten. Many times in reading about Paul, we find him standing before judges, councils, governors, and judgment halls. One time when he was in jail, he was told by a government official that he would get back with him, and he did TWO YEARS LATER. Do you understand the exciting life that Paul had after Jesus Christ became real to him?

The last couple chapters of Acts describe how Paul is once again, as a prisoner, headed to Rome by ship to stand trial. The ship sailed right into a hurricane. But Paul encouraged those on the ship to relax because he knew God was going to save them.

The ship fell apart, and the soldiers considered killing the prisoners for fear of losing them, but again Paul escaped death by the wise council from one of the guards (Acts 27:42-43). They all swam to shore and discovered the island of Malta. The people of the island showed them kindness by having a fire built to help them dry off and get warm. While they were all by the fire getting warm, a poisonous snake jumped out of the fire and landed on Paul’s hand and, of course, the snake bit him. (Acts 28:2-6) 

Can you picture this? So after he goes through a hurricane, goes days without food, escapes being put to death, swims to shore, and is bitten by a poisonous snake, do you want to guess what happens next? One of the chief men of the island comes and asks Paul to pray for his sick father! Are you kidding me? After all that, oh yea Paul, by the way can you pray for so and so?

Can you relate? You just changed the flat, dropped the children off, ran by the doctor’s office, stopped by the post office, and answered two phone calls while you were stuck in traffic, and spilled coffee down the front of your shirt as you realize you need stop for gas. Finally you make it to work, you walk into the store or office, and someone runs up to you and asks, “Can you pray for me? I am not having a good morning.” Are you kidding me? So what do you do? You say “Sure, let’s pray.”

Some days are just like that. Some seasons of our lives are just hectic. But we just keep doing what we know to do. Why?

Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” AMEN!

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