Words from the Heart for Thursday August 25th, 2016
When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.
Acts 21:5 (NIV)
When It’s Time to Leave
Have you considered how many moments exist that can be made sacred? Before you say goodbye to friends, as someone walks out the door, why not stop and take a moment to pray with them?
Retired Canadians often wonder how long they can stay in the US before they have to leave to return home. This question must be answered in two ways – how long your province allows you to be away without losing such things as health benefits, and how long the US allows you to stay. No matter what province you are from, Canadians are allowed to visit the US for up to 182 days, or six months, per calendar year. Citizens of every other country are only allowed to stay for 90 days. From the Canadian perspective, residents of Ontario, BC and Manitoba can be out of the country for seven months a year without losing benefits. All other provinces except Newfoundland state that residents must reside within the province for six months a year.
God has a time for everything. He sees His big plan for our lives and as we remain in the centre of His will for our lives He directs our steps. Paul the apostle understood this and was constantly open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. When He told Paul to move on, Paul did so. God has a plan for your life as well. In Act 21:5, God told Paul to move on and we read this: “When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray.” Paul had been with the believers in Tyre while on his way to Jerusalem. He had stayed with them for seven days and even in that short time he had built a relationship with them. The Holy Spirit had revealed to them what Paul was facing when he got to Jerusalem and they were afraid for him. But Paul was prepared to follow the Lord Jesus wherever He led him – even if it meant laying down his life. So in God’s time, Paul leaves Tyre and as he is about to set off, he stops and commits the believers to the Lord and continues to follow God’s plan for his life. We are called to do likewise and to be sensitive to His leading in our lives too.
These have been words from the heart.