As was his practice in all the cities he traveled to, Paul waited for the Sabbath to meet with the members of the local synagogue, which was normally located near the river so there’d be water for ceremonial cleaning. Surprisingly, he found no synagogue but a group of women instead. Since a synagogue could only be formed by ten or more men, we can infer that there weren’t ten Jewish men in Philippi. (Acts 16:9-15) Paul must have wondered why it was a man who appeared to him in the vision.
Lydia was also a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14), and, when Paul found her, she was honoring the Sabbath, which means she was likely a Gentile who was seeking the Lord through Judaism. Perhaps it was her prayers to find God that led to Paul’s vision. The Bible says that God opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she committed her life to Christ, Lydia was baptized, along with the rest of her household. We aren’t told who comprised her household, but either she or Paul must have shown them the way to Christ.
After Lydia and her household were baptized, she begged Paul and his men, which perhaps included Silas, Timothy, Luke, and others, to stay at her house. Her house must have been spacious. Her home was also large enough to hold church meetings after Paul and Silas were released from prison. We have no idea if Lydia was married, but it is unusual for a married woman not to be identified by her husband. Therefore, she may have been a single woman or a widow. We do know she had a household which may have included relatives, children, and servants.
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Her eyes reflect fear, but looks can be deceiving.
From the moment high-school principal, Judd Trudeau, sees the fear-filled eyes of the beautiful woman in Acadia Park, he knows he must tread lightly. If he wants to get close, Judd must gain her trust. But those deer-in-the-headlights eyes remain, and his need to protect her trumps his better judgment. She’s running from something. The more he learns about Selah Brighton, the more he realizes looks can be deceiving.
Selah Brighton has reason to be wary, which is why she chose to hide in Bar Harbor, Maine. The fewer people who know her story, the less danger she’ll bring to their lives. It’s not wise to stay in any place for long, but something about Judd Trudeau makes it hard to tamp down her feelings.