Chapter-a-Day Acts 28

Welcome_to_chicagoWe spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey. Acts: 28:11 (TM)

It was just before my sophomore year in high school when I made one of my very first "road trips". My parents let me drive with two other friends to a retreat center just outside of Chicago for a weekend retreat. With time on our hands before the conference started, the three of us decided to drive into the city and go up to the top of the Sear’s Tower. We parked the car in a public lot near the Lake Michigan shore and hoofed it towards what, at the time, was the world’s tallest building.

Returning to the car a few hours later, we found that someone had broken into the car. The theif or theives took my entire duffel bag and a bag of pretzels, leaving everything else. Great. Welcome to the real world. I suddenly found myself with nothing but the clothes on my back. My money was gone. My clothes were gone. Everything I’d brought with me had been taken.

After calling parents and informing them what happened, we drove the hour or so to the conference center and checked in. I would have to explain that I couldn’t pay my registration fee because of the robbery, but would make it right when I could.  I can remember feeling stunned by what happened. However, even as a young believer, I remember praying and feeling a peace that everything would work out. I might smell a bit funky by the end of the weekend, but I’d be okay.

Word of the robbery spread across the conference center. The next thing I knew, the knocking began on my cabin door. People brought me some of their own clothes. Some campers who lived nearby drove home and came back with clothes and food for our journey home. Other campters handed me cash, having heard that all of my money for the weekend had been stolen. Before long, I was struggling with whether I should turn away clothes and money that I no longer needed, or risk offending people who wanted to help me. I left for home a few days later with more clothes, food and cash than were stolen.

Luke writes that their shipwreck was followed by "three wonderful months" in Malta. Sometimes God allows difficult things to happen in order to bring people together and allow them to be blessed by one another. The giver is blessed by helping another person in need. The receiver is blessed by having his or her needs met, and learning that God will provide. Our lives are often brought together by difficult circumstances.

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Chapter-a-Day Acts 28

Welcome_to_chicagoWe spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey. Acts: 28:11 (TM)

It was just before my sophomore year in high school when I made one of my very first "road trips". My parents let me drive with two other friends to a retreat center just outside of Chicago for a weekend retreat. With time on our hands before the conference started, the three of us decided to drive into the city and go up to the top of the Sear’s Tower. We parked the car in a public lot near the Lake Michigan shore and hoofed it towards what, at the time, was the world’s tallest building.

Returning to the car a few hours later, we found that someone had broken into the car. The theif or theives took my entire duffel bag and a bag of pretzels, leaving everything else. Great. Welcome to the real world. I suddenly found myself with nothing but the clothes on my back. My money was gone. My clothes were gone. Everything I’d brought with me had been taken.

After calling parents and informing them what happened, we drove the hour or so to the conference center and checked in. I would have to explain that I couldn’t pay my registration fee because of the robbery, but would make it right when I could.  I can remember feeling stunned by what happened. However, even as a young believer, I remember praying and feeling a peace that everything would work out. I might smell a bit funky by the end of the weekend, but I’d be okay.

Word of the robbery spread across the conference center. The next thing I knew, the knocking began on my cabin door. People brought me some of their own clothes. Some campers who lived nearby drove home and came back with clothes and food for our journey home. Other campters handed me cash, having heard that all of my money for the weekend had been stolen. Before long, I was struggling with whether I should turn away clothes and money that I no longer needed, or risk offending people who wanted to help me. I left for home a few days later with more clothes, food and cash than were stolen.

Luke writes that their shipwreck was followed by "three wonderful months" in Malta. Sometimes God allows difficult things to happen in order to bring people together and allow them to be blessed by one another. The giver is blessed by helping another person in need. The receiver is blessed by having his or her needs met, and learning that God will provide. Our lives are often brought together by difficult circumstances.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Wally G.

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  1. Paul interrupted: “I have just one more thing to say to you. The Holy Spirit sure knew what he was talking about when he addressed our ancestors through Isaiah the prophet:
    This is one element that is missing in our culture. An accurate understanding of American and world history. If our politicians slowed down enough to see what precedent has been set in history we wouldn’t make some of the bone-headed decisions this country has made. World history points to the slippery slope America’s decisions could lead us down. It is my hope and prayer that someone brings us back to this historical perspective. They need to get on the megaphone and proclaim it because a progressively dumb-downed America doesn’t get it.

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