My church challenged us to read through the book of Acts for July. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the purpose, courage and tenacity of the original church. It is inspiring to say the least. But as I was feasting on Acts 21, one tiny scripture stood out to me. To give you some context, Acts 21 is all about Paul going to Jerusalem. He was warned not to go because it would likely result in him being imprisoned. But he insisted on going anyways for the sake of the gospel. The entire chapter is centered around Paul, his travels and his arrival. Which is why I was so confused when I read verse 9:
He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
That was the whole verse. I read the verse before and after again to try to sort out why this verse was even included. The verse before says that they stayed at Phillips house. The verse after says they stayed there for a few days and another prophet arrived.
So what was the point? Why did Luke (the author of Acts) feel the need to include this random bit of information that has NOTHING to do with anything else in the chapter?
I have no idea.
But I do know two things:
The girls were single.
& the girls were gifted.
I know how easy it is to get caught up in believing life will begin after marriage or kids or meeting the love of your life. I understand the temptation to just sort of sit and wait for your future husband to show up so you can finally do what God has called you to do. I know that the amount of blogs devoted to marriage and preparation for marriage can keep us bound to one lane of spiritual growth. But I think Luke threw us a bone here.
I think he told us about these gifted, single women because He knew we would need to know. We would need to be taught that we are important in EVERY season. And that God is not waiting on us to say our vows before we can prophesy, pray, heal, and exercise our gifts. We have power, value and purpose in the Kingdom right here, right now.
Don’t rush through the current season just to get to the next. God has work He wants to do in you and through you as a single woman. Work that is necessary for your growth and His glory. Don’t miss it. Don’t discount it. And don’t overlook it. Embrace the season and let your God given gifts flow freely out of you.
Live your best life, girl!
p.s. if you’re single (or married) and want some quick and easy meals to make head over to the recipe page and check out what I’ve made with Mighty Vine Tomatoes!