Acts 16:16-34 v 26 “suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners’ chains came loose.”
Paul and Silas were going to pray and were followed by a servant who told fortunes and made lots of money for her owners. Paul was annoyed at her shouting and after many days commanded the evil spirit to come out of her. Her owners grabbed Paul and Silas and took them to the public square accusing them of advocating customs unacceptable to Roman citizens. The officials ordered them to be beaten and then had them thrown in prison. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. The other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the foundations of the jail. All the doors immediately flew open, and all the prisoners’ chains came loose.”
Eventually the Jailer and his family were baptized and thrilled to be believers.
Some years ago, I was working in a hospital on a Sunday and walked onto a ward and heard wonderful singing. A young man a patient was praising God as he did every Sunday. All around were listening. It was never my favorite thing to be working on a weekend especially when I had at this time young children. However, as I listened to the singing as I went about doing my work I was “thrilled to be a believer too.” God is all around us, in a jail, in a hospital, thanks be to God. Amen.