God is in control
Acts 18:2 “There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome.”
Aquila and Priscilla are known for being the close friends of Paul. They formed such a close bond that Paul would call them his “fellow workers who risked their lives for me.” (Romans 16:3-4)
This couple became church leaders and were influential with Paul in the planting of churches in Corinth and Ephesus. They had their own church that met in their house in Corinth.
They were such a help to Paul and the Lord used them.
How did this happen for them?
They were expelled from their Italian home by the Roman emperor, Claudius. This was not the first time. The emperors were often involved in such ethnic cleansing. Claudius was no exception, he was a racist and he increasingly became intolerant of the Jews.
Aquila and Priscilla had suffered, they went through this evil purging feeling like dirt in such wicked circumstances. No doubt they experienced every fear and doubt. But through it all unbeknown to them God was working it all out.
Your greatest catastrophe can be your greatest opportunity.
This couple may never have left voluntarily.
Sometimes we have to be violently thrown out of our nest. So much so that the only presence we feel is that of the evil one. It is much later that we realise the overriding presence is that of God.