Paul, handed over Acts 27

30 Jun

Acts 27,

Paul, ‘handed over

“When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment. 2 We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia, and we put out to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us.”

Paul, in Roman chains; Paul, who motions with one hand as he speaks; Paul is now being ‘handed over’.

Saul always used both hands. He used both his hands to pray and teach; to reach out and persecute; to cover and uncover his eyes after being blinded.

Saul becomes Paul when he totally hands his life over to his Jesus. When he, in total vulnerability, in willingness to be open and broken, gives the shape of his hands to his Highest Power, his Jesus.

When we are vulnerable, we have hands that, at sometimes the same time, are both open and clenched close.

Open, I let Jesus lead. He takes me by his hand and guides, we glide together.

Closed, I hold on to my position, my point, my decisions. I am not ever wrong. His, or another’s hand, cannot guide. I lead.

Yet, at times Paul, Paul, is both closed and while closed, being lead by God, ( as when he insists on moving to Jerusalem). And Paul can also be lead by Jesus with open hands and willing to be turned over to anyone’s hands, even a Roman Centurion.

Vulnerability is the choice, the ability, the willingness to choose either hard form.

Because in life Jesus had both open and closed hands. Immutable, yet Mutable, as when he changes water into wine at a Cana Wedding feast, Jesus’ hands are both.

Open and closed, he guides; he leads.

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