Through Many Persecutions

This morning as I was reading Acts 14 this verse moved me.  I made note of it in my journal and specifically the part “through many persecutions”.

Acts 14:22 – They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.”

After I finished my Bible reading, I picked up “How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home” and a few pages later it referenced the exact same verse.  It was discussing the exact same section regarding persecutions.  I do not find these types of things to be coincidental.  So the first question I ask is: Am I about to go through some persecution?  Of course this is not something I am really worried about but it is also not something I will seek out.  There could be many lessons to learn but this is obviously the first thought in my mind.