Paul got to see the people from Ephesus. It was a sad moment really. He told them his current trip would be his last. He warned them of people who would come after them with twisted ideas. He cared for these people and the had a very emotional and raw moment together, praying, weeping, lamenting, and encouraging each other. He knew what was going to happen and he wanted them to know as well. He wanted them to hear from him before he left.
Paul encouraged them to stay the course in his absence. They encouraged him, their faith and changed lives being the motivation for him to press on. He told them they would probably never see him again. They all hugged. They walked him back to the ship. He left them for the last time. He knew where he was going. He knew it would be the end of him. He went anyways.
Do you have people like this in your life? People who would encourage you to finish the course of God even if it hurts? People who wouldn’t fight you to stay, people who would simply know that being in the will of God, sharing Jesus is the best thing for you. Paul had them. And it was sad to leave them. But having Jesus meant so much more.