During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (Acts 16:9)

“Send help!”

“What kind of help do you need? “

Paul took that plea as an need for preaching and evangelism. Often when I get a call from someone as a part of my work, it is not a spiritual need. More like a physical need, and often paired to a emotional and/or psychological need. Despite my seminary training, that seems to be the line of work I have been in since we moved to Eugene. But, it is because of my seminary training that I can re-fuel myself time after time and meet those needs. Does that make sense, beloved reader?

“When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.” (Verses 10 – 12)

It was several days travel. Much connections and arrangements to be made. When I get a call for “help” the need is usually much more urgent. If I took several days to full & fulfill the need, the consequences might be dire. Paul would say, however, if the Macedonian need and other spiritual needs were not filled, the consequences would also be dire! And he would have a point.

“On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.” (Verses 13 – 15)

I have also been privileged to meet the spiritual needs of others. For several years I was a spiritual director and counselor. And to be honest, I miss that. But the Holy Presence lead another way. And I came to realize that same Holy Presence sustains me in this line of work. Of course, there are also the blogs I write. And while I have not heard a call for “help” coming from my computer, I know this “help” is needed. And I have been privileged to fill that need.

Who and what calls out to you for help, beloved reader? Have you needed to travel and make taxing connections? Was the journey physical & geographical, or just emotional, psychological, & spiritual? Did you need help to fill & fulfill that call? Remember that Paul was not alone as he traveled. And you are not alone either, beloved reader. Call out, in the night if the need comes then, and I hope & pray that the Holy Presence and the Divine answer your call – as I know they will! Shalom & Selah!