So we decided to leave ...

That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there. -Acts 16:9-10 NLT

Solomon once opined about how the plans of a person's heart are often adjusted by God. The ways that God adjusts our steps are so diverse yet they always seem to involve our participation. I love how God gave an invitation, and not a command, to Paul and his companions in this vision. It reminds me of the time when God changed my plans and led me to accept a retirement package with a simple question about which option was the riskiest.

Interesting how the decision to to head to Macedonia was a "we" decision. These who heard Paul recount the vision concluded together that God was adjusting their plans. It speaks to me of Paul's relationship with the Lord and the trusting relationship that his traveling companions had with him. Perhaps this is a good way for Christians today to follow what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians by proving all things and holding fast that which is good?

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to partner with you in life. Help us to be sensitive to your invitations today.

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