Moving. I have moved 17 times in my adult life. Seems like a lot of cardboard and paper wasted, but the shuffle was always worth it in the end. Bigger home, more children, change in job locations and responsibilities, and you must adapt. The way to do so is to go with the flow and never look back.
Lydia was a classy lady, selling fine cloth to finer people. She was a believer of God who had opened her heart to receive the gift of the Gospel presented by Paul. Her fruit was immediate through servitude and hospitality. Her adaptation to the truth led her entire household to baptize in the faith.
Lydia left such a great impact on Paul and Silas, that after a whirlwind trip to jail, they fell back on her hospitality and knew the encouragement that was present in her home.
Acts 16:40 NIV After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them.
In my 17 years of moving across town, across the country and across the sea, adaptation always took some time.
Muscle memory had me reaching for things that just weren’t there. Words for simple every day items sometimes were slightly different and I would get side way stares. Accents amused and taste buds were tickled. Slow was body, but my mind learned to quickly catch up to the those around me.
Looking at Lydia’s story, I am encouraged by her immediate fruit and would like to think that I could be an example of immediate obedience to the Lord’s plans. When He calls, I want to answer after the first ring. Where He points, I would like to be one foot already out the door.
Trusting him to lead my life and to provide me with all of the tools to accomplish His will is what I strive for. If I am called out of my comfort zone, so be it. I will choose to move forward in hope and love for the Lord. I trust His plans which are so much greater than any moves around the world or change in cultural scene.Fruit follows every time we allow the Lord to plant us where He leads us. Click To Tweet
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Fruit follows every time we allow the Lord to plant us where He leads us. Service, love, opportunity, hospitality, and discipleship naturally flow when we open up to truth no matter where we may roam.