21 After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 When it was time to leave, we left and continued on our way. All of them, including wives and children, accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home. Acts 21:1-6
Paul had attracted a very loyal following. He had gone from town to town preaching and teaching the Gospel. It’s amazing that he had gone from being a persecutor and quite possibly a murderer to one who was loved – by the people he persecuted. What’s even more amazing is that the people accepted him and were looking out for his well-being.
The miracle in redemption isn’t just for the redeemed. It’s also for those watching it all take place. With every new conversion we get to wonder afresh.