Desires, dreams, the very hopes we hold in our heart that are deeply rooted and established in our faith, are not there by mistake. God places these things in us, so that we faithfully move forward with Him. However, there is often a long and winding road to take between that which we long to do, and the fruition of said reality.
Paul was no exception. He desperately desired to preach the gospel in Rome. I imagine that Paul’s plan did not include chains, shipwrecks, snakes, arrests, and long delays, in order to actually arrive to his desired destination. “Although he may have wished for an easier passage, he knew that God had blessed him greatly in allowing him to meet the believers in Rome and preach the message to both Jews and Gentiles in that great city. In all things, God worked for Paul’s good.” – (Acts 28:17-20
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