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June 10, 2008

Not how I thought it would be

Acts 8:1
At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

It amazes me to to find these mirrored passages. Even though I know the chapter and verse designations were added in the 16th century, when I see things like this it makes me smile thinking God could have even inspired the numbering of the verses.

More important is the lesson contained in the verses. Jesus told his followers (not just the disciples, but possibly even including as many as those who gathered in the upper room on Pentecost) that they would be His witnesses beyond Jerusalem. I wonder how they thought that would happen. I don't know if they could imagine what would hapen at the coming of the Holy Spirit. None of the twelve disciples were even current residents of Jerusalem. Like so many things Jesus said to them, I would think they weren't entirely sure of what He was saying. Whatever they thought, I doubt any of them could imagine the persecution that would follow that would drive many of them out of Jerusalem.

That does tend to be the pattern of God speaking to me. He says one thing, so I create scenarios how it's going to take place. Yet what happens is often very different from what I had imagined. Still, in the end I find that I'm where he said that would would need to be, even if the route to get there is different from the journey I expected.

Lord, I trust you to get me from point to point in my journey of following you.

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