Paul spent significant time traveling around the Roman Empire, preaching the Good News of Jesus and starting churches in many cities. How did he decide where to go? How did he know when to move on? This passage gives us a glimpse.
They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8 so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
How do the people in the story hear God’s call to them?
How open are they to God’s call?
What might this passage say to our community of faith?