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"When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to."
- Acts 16:7

History provides numerous examples of people who found new direction for their lives because obstacles altered their plans.

In God's providence we often encounter unforeseen events which make it impossible to follow our planned course. Paul had such an experience. He wanted to preach in Asia Minor, but through a vision the Holy Spirit stopped him and directed him to go to Europe. So he went to Athens, Corinth, and Rome; and as a result, the . . .

"When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to."
- Acts 16:7

History provides numerous examples of people who found new direction for their lives because obstacles altered their plans.

In God's providence we often encounter unforeseen events which make it impossible to follow our planned course. Paul had such an experience. He wanted to preach in Asia Minor, but through a vision the Holy Spirit stopped him and directed him to go to Europe. So he went to Athens, Corinth, and Rome; and as a result, the whole Western World has been influenced by the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit guides us to the right places, but he also guides us away from the wrong places. Don't be discouraged when things work out differently then you had hoped. The new path you must walk is of God's choosing. It will enrich your life and eventually lead you Home. A detour is not a disaster. It's an open door to greater service and blessing.

When gray threads mar life's pattern And seem so out of line Just trust the Master Weaver Who planned the whole design.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God may lead you around, but He'll lead you right. 

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