“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. After saying goodbye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.” (Acts 21:5-6 HCSB)
“Although Paul had the opportunity to stretch his legs as several ports on his way to Jerusalem, he disembarked twice for a number of days. His first length trip was not by choice.’ ‘Have you ever noticed how often God has a blessing on the unscheduled stops along our way? God had a blessing waiting for Paul and the others on their unscheduled stop.’ ‘The disciples in Phoenicia opened their homes to Paul and his fellow travelers. Their hearts were so instantly bound with his, they begged him not to go to Jerusalem.’” (2) It says in verse 4 that “through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.” Was this a heavy heart or the Lord’s will?
Think about Paul’s initial journeys and where he had traveled. He had faced so many hardships along the way from stoning to almost being left for dead. Remember at one stop along the way the prison doors were unlocked and the captives were set free! What a treat now for the last few times to have been loved and appreciated so much by those around him!
They didn’t want him to leave! All of them (men, women and children) followed them to the beach and there they knelt and prayed! Can you picture this? Everyone was out in the open with no distractions around them. There was just the sky, the sand, maybe a palm tree or two, and the ocean in full view of God looking down upon them.
(1-2) Paul, 90 Days in His Journey of Faith / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing