Macedonia Moment

Friends and moving simply don’t mix.

The “we might be moving,” phrase chucks itself in the middle of too many conversations lately. However, one statement distinctively stands out, “I hope this is where God really wants us to go.”

I begin thinking…

Sometimes our focus is so concentrated on the destination that we lose sight of the One leading us there.

I muddy the pages of my Bible with my brown pen as I read Acts 16:1-10. “Paul 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. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Paul’s bags were packed, his journey calculated. But the Spirit of God had different plans. Scripture tells us the Spirit, “…kept him from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Then, the Spirit prompted Paul to travel to Bithynia and share the Good News there, only to discover “…the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them too.”

Even though Paul packed light, he was no stranger to the frustrations of moving. The Spirit led him one place only to redirect him to another.

Could it be that the destination is deeper than Galatia or Macedonia? Maybe the destination isn’t a place at all.

Maybe the destination is God himself.

God could have used this “pin-ball” effect to shape and mold Paul as he went here and there. Maybe God wanted Paul to trust and enjoy Him in the midst of uncertainty. Perhaps a mixture of “yes’s” and “no’s” stirred up a radical Gospel in Paul’s heart enabling him to bring more glory to God in the process.

As Paul sang his availability to Jesus, God stooped to earth with a vision ~ one announcing Paul’s mission in Macedonia.

Oh how we pray for a Macedonia moment of our own. If only God would come to His girls in a vision and say, “I want you here for this reason,” that would be oh so conducive to our busy schedules.   

Like Paul maybe your daily travels aren’t about where you’re going, but how you’ll get there ~ kicking and screaming? or humbly submitting?

Whether we’re on foot or pulling a U-haul, we must walk in His ways and remain in His Spirit. When we do this, the destination suddenly becomes a “who” instead of a “where.”
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10 Responses

05.16.12

Hi Kelli – such a great truth in here. Definitely more about how you get there than where you’re going so long as where you’re going is the cross.
God bless
Tracy
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05.16.12

Very well written sis and I thank you for what you said, it was the same with Abraham when God told him to pack up and leave his home town and he had to go to a whole new town..But he trusted God just like we must do.
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05.16.12

Okay, so you knew I’d love this! As I really am packing my bags into a U-haul… I am comforted at the idea that it is really about “who” and not about “where” He’s at the center of it all and completely in control. Love you so much!

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05.16.12

I love this encouragement Kelli! “Whether we’re on foot or pulling a U-haul, we must walk in His ways and remain in His Spirit. When we do this, the destination suddenly becomes a “who” instead of a “where.”

I want to follow Him all the days of my life.

Many blessings sweet friend!
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05.16.12

Kelli, I LOVE this post. “Maybe the destination is God himself.” Yes!
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05.16.12

I love the idea that the destination is God Himself!
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05.16.12

I like what Eileen wrote! Great post. Blessings.

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05.16.12

This is definitely inspirational and I think a lot of people would be motivated when they read this.. Thanks for making up my day!
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05.16.12

Ancient armies typically relied on large numbers of soldiers, recruited quickly from outlying lands, who may or may not have been loyal to the king and the cause. King Philip II of Macedonia solved this problem by investing huge amounts of time and money to create the first professional standing army in Europe.
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05.16.12

Not a where but a who…so love that. Moving is not something I like to do. But being in the center of God’s will is so moves have become necessary.
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