After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithyma: but the Spirit suffered them not
– Acts 16:7
What a strange prohibition! These men were going into Bithynia just to do Christ's work, and the door is shut against them by God.
I have also experienced this in certain moments sometimes finding myself interrupted. Opposition came and forced me to go back, or sickness came and compelled me to retire into a desert apart.
It was hard at times to leave my work undone when I believed that work to be the service of God. But I came to remember that the Spirit has not only a service of work, but a service of waiting. I came to see that in the Kingdom of
Christ there are not only times for action, but times in which to forbear acting. I came to learn that the desert place apart is often the most useful spot in the varied life of man. I have been taught to thank God for the places that had to be left unvisited by me.
Yes, there still comes to me disappointed prospects of usefulness. Today the door seems to open into life and work but; tomorrow it closes before me just as I am about to enter. Teach me to see another door in the inaction of the hour.
Help me to serve in a new opening into God’s service. A man may at times be called to do his duty by doing nothing, to work by keeping still, to serve by waiting. When I remember the power of the "still small voice," I will not murmur because sometimes God says to not go.