We’ve met Priscilla and her husband Aquila and watched them grow in spiritual knowledge through their friendship with Paul, and we’ve seen them teaching and mentoring young believers who sought to know Jesus.
We know that Priscilla and Aquila worked well together, but let’s take a further look at their partnership in marriage as they moved from place to place during their marriage. As an Air Force wife, I can tell you, movin’ ain’t easy! In fact, it’s downright stressful! Selling/buying/renting a house, driving across the country, selling/buying renting a new house…ugh! Not to mention, it’s hard to say goodbye to friends who have become like family, but with each move, we grow closer as a family and we draw close to our heavenly Father.
Priscilla and Aquila may have felt much the same way. Every time they moved, they’d settle into their new city, work side by side making tents, hosting church in their home, teaching and mentoring believers, investing in friendships only to pick up and move again. Being secure in their love for each other would also have helped every time they moved at the Lord’s prompting. But more importantly, they learned an important lesson, one which has also been a blessing to us time and time again: they put down roots not in a location, but in Christ. No matter where they went, Christ was their foundation.
Every time we move, it’s a chance to start fresh. New house, new friends, new sights to see, new everything. As rough as a life of moving may be, it’s exciting to get new opportunities. And, in a life where we change cities, states, coasts every few years, I’ve learned that it’s a choice whether or not the move and experience will be a positive or negative. It’s a choice to say, “Lord, you’ve put me in the middle of Oklahoma, 60 minutes away from the nearest “big” town, 90 minutes away from the closest Target, 2 hours from an actual city…but this is going to be a great time because I trust You’ve brought us here to bless us.” And He did.
Perhaps that’s how Priscilla and Aquila looked at their life of constant change in the same way, from Rome to Corinth to Ephesus to Rome to Ephesus etc. Each change was a fresh opportunity to serve, to bless others and to be blessed by the Lord, but it was a choice of attitude as well. And every move brought them closer together as a couple and to Jesus, trusting him to provide for them with each new start. Moving is hard but, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Whether or not your in a life of constantly changing locations or constant change, root yourself in Jesus. Cling to each other and to Him.
(Acts 18:1-4 & 18-28, Romans 16: 3-5)