21 After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem. He went through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been to Jerusalem,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” 22 He sent Timothy and Erastus, two of his helpers, to Macedonia. But he stayed a little longer in Asia Minor.
There are a few things that strike me about this passage. In saying “after all this had happened” there is a sense of closure, that one
season of ministry has ended and another is about to start. Also, Paul here has a clear plan as to what he is going to do next. Paul was a man of God, who spent time with God and knew His leading. No doubt Paul was praying about what to do next and where to go, and there is a sense of confidence that he has planned his course, and will let the Lord determine his steps, as it says in Proverbs 16:9.
I want to be aware of the seasons I am in, and have a clear sense of a plan for what is ahead. I quickly become caught up in the demands of the moment, and struggle to carve out time to spend with God thinking about the future.
please help me to seek you not only for what is happening here and now, but help me to dream and plan for the future. Lord, I want to grow closer to you, such that I am confident of the purposes that you desire me to fulfil. Thank you Lord that as I trust you with my plans you will direct my steps. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh