Over at The High Calling, Charity Singleton Craig writes about what we can learn from when Paul’s plans got put on hold:
In my life, seeing my talents and dreams line up has felt more like Paul’s desire to go to Spain and preach the gospel where it hadn’t already been announced. For years he tried to make the trip, and he was delayed in every way, including a long imprisonment in Rome.
Like Paul, I’ve known the exhilaration of a divine dream matched perfectly to my talents; I also understand, however, the second-guessing and the disappointment that follows when the dream is delayed or even denied again and again. For me, it wasn’t prison that stood in the way; it was cancer. After a devastating diagnosis and then a recurrence a few months later, my dreams seemed ruined, crushed beneath the foot of disease. No matter how much I wanted to use my talents, I couldn’t see the way forward toward my calling.