Episode ThemeImage-Reflecting: Life is not about having everything go perfectly.
“Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.” (James 1: 2-18)
Paul the missionary lived for many years in a prison. Experts say that he was in jail for almost six years. His Roman prison sunk about twelve feet underground and smelled horribly. It was very dark. Some of the guards were cruel. Prisoners were chained to the wall. They might have some straw to use as a bed.
Paul’s life in prison was very difficult. But do you know what he did while he was in prison for preaching the gospel?
In one prison, he and his friend Barnabas prayed and sang praise to God. They did not forget that the source of their strength was Jesus. In his Roman prison, Paul the missionary wrote three great letters to the churches of Ephesus, Colosse, and Philippi, as well as a personal letter to his friend Philemon. These letters today bless us as the Bible books of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon.
God used Paul during his tough times to change people’s lives and give hope to other people who hurt. When things are tough, nobody likes that. God is there too in hard times. Nothing can separate you from the love of God.