2011-01-31 - What Would Lydia Say?
What Would They Say Series #6
One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. (Acts 16:14)
I was a saleswoman who specialized in purple cloth. Making purple dye is a complex process. The royal color is extracted from a shellfish, and thus very expensive.
Talking is a way of life for me. There's no room for shyness in my line of work. As a salesperson, I am constantly listening and talking to people. At times, I would love to tell what Jesus has done for me. As a professional, I stick to discussing the durability of the natural dyed fabric, and not how God my Savior saved me.
One Sabbath when I wasn't working, I and some other women met to pray. It was a terrific spot for communicating with God, outside the city at a riverbank. It was so serene and peaceful. Some men sat down with us and spoke about the Lord. Their teaching was so realistic; I could definitely put it into practice. Later my family and I were baptized. I asked Paul and the other men to be our guests. I can be persistent; my training in sales seeps over into my personal life at times. So I told Paul and Silas, if they felt I was faithful to God, then to stay at our place, which they did. What an honor to have these Godly men in our home.
Lord, I am glad I am special. I don't want to be like everyone else. Help me to stay an individual. There are days I feel bombarded with things and people telling me I have to be a certain way, to fit in or be happy. The words seem to contradict what I find in Your Word. You created me to be unique on purpose, not a carbon copy of someone else. Let me be confident in my individual personality. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.