“That night, under cover of darkness, their friends got Paul and Silas out of town as fast as they could.” Acts 17:10
Every now and then I hear about a mother and her children being rescued from an abusive father and “kidnapped” by a friend or relative and moved to a safe home. The church I worked for helped support a home called “New Life.” There a mother could bring children up to eighteen years of age and stay until they had a safe place to go. Most of these mothers and kids arrive with no clothing, hygiene products, or toys. The churches in the area help stock the cupboards to give the recipient a new life within a safe home.
Apostle Paul, in his strong desire to make Jesus known everywhere he traveled, had to escape to save his life. His life was important, as people would listen to his preaching and be converted to following Christ in massive numbers. Eventually, his luck wore out and he became imprisoned. There he wrote many letters and continued to minister to others. Unlike the women from abusive homes, his new life was in the promise God made to him through his Son Jesus–eternal life in a safe home.
Dear God, give us save arms and a safe home to look forward to entering some day. Amen.