“….after you have done everything,
Paul was not one to just stand around watching life happen. He was famous for being a man on the move. His introduction to us in the Bible was in the context of being on a horse, in deadly pursuit of followers of Jesus. He was on a “mission” . . . to stop these crazy followers of Christ from spreading their “Good News” about Jesus. God literally “knocked him off his horse” to get his attention. From that transformational moment in his life, Paul used all means of transportation to bring the Good News of Jesus to his world. Except for his frequent prison stays, he was a man with a mission… a man on the move.
His words to the Believers in Ephesus (Ephesians) were written while in prison, because of his passion that pointed people in his world to knowing the Good News of Jesus. But a prison could not keep him from sending his Message. He even mentions in his letter that he was still speaking . . . to those inside and outside of his prison cell.
When I think of someone “standing,” there is still a sense of action . . . Paul wasn’t just sitting around, probably in terrible physical conditions, feeling sorry for himself. There is no sense of Paul having given up on his mission. He was simply in a new setting… and continuing on with what he had been doing before this latest “disruption.” The mention of his imprisonment was one of the last notes in his message….as if it was an “Oh, by the way, the reason I’m sending this message is because I am in prison…(again!)” He doesn’t even seem to take a breath.
When we find ourselves in a place of feeling “confined”…whether by natural circumstances, or by human actions, think of Paul. Prison was like a little blip on his radar. He barely even mentions it.
May our “confinement” be like the heart of Paul’s. Yes, there are limits of our physical movement, but may we take the opportunities at hand to speak encouragement and hope because of the Living Savior we follow. Standing…alert, aware, poised to move!
*Written in the time of Covid.