6They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. Acts 16:6-15
Have you ever had one of those experiences where you kept trying to go somewhere, only to be delayed. Maybe you forgot something and had to go back into the house. Perhaps you were just not moving as fast as you should have. Or something else kept blocking you from getting out and doing what you had on your schedule.
Suddenly the phone call comes, or the person knocks, or some other method of communication. You are needed elsewhere and it is very important.
I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me – both in the pastorate and personally. I just cannot seem to get moving on the planned schedule when suddenly I’m called somewhere else.
Paul experienced this and it must have been frustrating for him. After all, Jesus had called Paul to his ministry, and now Jesus is preventing him from traveling to Asia. He goes to sleep and then has the vision, “come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Plans and schedules are very important – but it is also important to be open to the Holy Spirit for often the Spirit will send us where we truly need to be.
Have a peaceful and blessed week and remain open to the Spirit.