Every morning at Logos from 7:30- about 7:50, there are staff devotions in one of the classrooms. Today, was my turn. You have to know something about me, I am the most social person you could ever meet, and love people, love to talk to people… individually. But when you put me in front of a group, to speak, I break out in sweat and am very nervous.
Acts 16:6-10 (New International Version)
Paul’s Vision of the Man of Macedonia
6Paul 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. 7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10After 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.
This is the passage I spoke on. In Paul’s second journey, the Holy Spirit prevented him from entering where he wanted to go TWIce and directed him to the Third… which is where God had called him to be. It is just like our walk with God and his plan for us. There are times where we feel that we are on the right road, doing the right thing and have the right plan, but when we get rejected or when it fails… we are discouraged. We have to be reminded that though it might fail the first, second or third time… eventually, we will be brought to the road God has lead us to. And when that day, time, and place comes- it will be incredible.
God waits and challenges us in order to put us in the right place, with the right people in the right time. Satan uses just that, to tempt us to fall away from God, to discourage us and to get us down… again and again. But because we have the Holy Spirit in us, we have the power to keep pressing onwards, to keep digging for God’s plan for us. Whatever we feel, we resonate around our students, our peers and our colleagues. Therefore, we have to encourage each other, encourage our students in everything they do.
It was very encouraging to have some colleagues come up to me during the day to let me know that they were encouraged this morning by my devotion. It was great for me because I was so nervous, I was sure it didn’t make any sense at all. Though it wasn’t my first time doing devotions for people, or speaking in front of a crowd, Satan still uses that weakness in me for his non-creative plans.