The scripture reading for today is taken from Acts 16:4-12
“...Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them…”
In these passages Paul is being prepared for a missionary journey in which the church will be extended, and Christ’s grace offered, to many who had not heard. It is interesting to note that Paul faced roadblocks on this journey and was more than once forced to reroute his path. We are not told how he was stopped or in what manner the doors of his proverbial hopes were shut, but we eventually see that he was guided to the correct path where his future, and Christ’s ministry were awaiting.
We often feel thwarted in this life; as though our plans don’t come to fruition, but we can trust that God has a plan and reroutes us when we need to get to the right destination. He is working a larger plan with greater scope than we can understand oftentimes.
An old minister once said that “God sees us from a bird’s eye view, as though looking down on the metaphorical parade of our lives.” We, in the parade, cannot see the end point or the details surrounding, just the individuals directly in our line of vision. God, on the other hand, sees all of the scene panoramically: beginning, middle and end, and has a plan He works throughout.
As we prepare for Ash Wednesday, it’s important to repent and ask God to move through us for the furthering of His will.
Lord, we pray that we would trust You though our circumstances and be humble in taking Your directions.
Allison Montgomery Yes5olias1@yahoo.com
Prayer Concern: For those struggling with doubts and fears.