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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 19, A.D. 2001

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1-3,5
John 15:18-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

It is interesting to read in Acts 16 about Paul and the disciple Timothy travelling from area to area, region to region, spreading the word of Jesus. The specific detail that struck me in this reading, is that it mentions how they were prevented from entering Asia and Bithynia by the Holy Spirit; and after Paul had a vision, he concluded that God wanted them to go to Macedonia.

What is so fascinating about this fact is that many times in our lives we find that certain "doors" of our life closed, some even slammed shut. Sometimes we wonder why. Sometimes we even become angry or resentful because things did not work out the way we wanted them to, or thought they should.

What we can learn from this reading is that we never really know what God wants from us or has in store for us. We must always move forward in our lives with a spirit of trust and abandonment. We must pray to know God's will and pray that we can accept it with love, patience, and perseverance. God loves us more than we can ever know, and we must work and learn to accept with love all that He asks from us.

- Steve Shawl


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