Dear Friend of Vision
“A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.” (Ac. 16: 9, 14-15
I have often said, blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken. Luke states in the few verses before this passage that Paul and his apostolic company had sought to go to different places to minister, only to be prevented by Holy Spirit. This no doubt frustrated Paul and his team, but what could he do? He was not about to go against the Spirit. After many attempts, he finally has a dream…a prophetic dream…an open door to Europe finally…and it was a man calling to him to come help.
Well, again, thank God Paul was not a typical fundamentalist…he would still be looking for a man to minister, instead of finding the woman God had prepared for him to come into covenant with. Paul must have understood, it is not the gender that makes the difference, but the grace God places on a person that matters most. Lydia was a graced and gracious woman, prepared by God for extraordinary feats in God to accomplish. Thank God that Paul, the purported sexist was open to the grace and not led by his prejudice.