Acts 20:13 “We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.”
Paul decides to walk alone. He made arrangements … to be alone.
Luke had written in his first book, the gospel, how Jesus ‘often’ made sure he was alone (5:16).
Paul needed time to think and pray perhaps or to be away from the voices of people for many reasons. Whatever the reason, he arranged that he would walk on his own.
Where do you go to be alone?
Maybe for you being alone is easier than for others because you live alone. But it is quite amazing how we manage to fill our lives with noise and with the help of social media it can be that we find ourselves never truly alone.
But Paul walking alone is also a picture of his journey of life and all of our journeys. Yes we take people with us and we should but our walk is one of faith and we walk it alone. The resolve to keep going and to live unselfishly comes from the mining of our own hearts each day. Thankful for the encouragement that is shown towards us and yet our paths are unique to us and one day we will stand before our Saviour alone and He will reward us for the journey we took.
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
Friends, your long walk has not ended and today you walk on foot alone and you do it because you love God and you love others and you want to make a difference.
In order for you to continue there are times when being with people is not helpful to the cause. So come away, be alone, gather your thoughts, plot your cause and listen to Him who never leaves you.