I was taught at a young age that it is important to set goals in my life and to make plans to help you accomplish those goals. As an adult, I have found it wise to plan my work and then work my plan. However, there are times in my life where things just do not seem to go the way I had thought.
In the New Testament, we read about a time where the Apostle Paul made plans to go and check up on the churches he and his team had started. Everything seemed to be working out for them until part way through their journey. We read:
Andthey went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, butthe Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.So, passing by Mysia, they went downto Troas.And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”And when Paulhad seen the vision, immediatelywe sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them (Acts 16:6-10).
Notice that this passage does not say anything about God being upset with Paul for making plans. In fact, the Lord actually takes Paul’s plan and tweaks it so that it works out differently. It is almost as if Paul’s plan was not actually his to begin with. Rather, the Lord was using Paul all along to accomplish something even bigger than Paul had envisioned.
Sometimes in life, God tweaks our goals, our plans, and the work we are doing. It is not that we are doing anything wrong. In fact, we might be doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing at that time, but the Lord needs us to pivot in order to accomplish the plans He truly has for us in the end.
That is exactly the season we find ourselves in as a church. Are you ready to pivot?
Love to all,
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