22 That’s why I’ve been stopped so many times from coming to see you. 23 But now, since I don’t have any place to work in these regions anymore, and since I’ve wanted to come to see you for many years, 24 I’ll visit you when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while I’m passing through. And I hope you will send me on my way there, after I have first been reenergized by some time in your company. 25 But now I’m going to Jerusalem, to serve God’s people. 26 Macedonia and Achaia have been happy to make a contribution for the poor among God’s people in Jerusalem. 27 They were happy to do this, and they are actually in debt to God’s people in Jerusalem. If the Gentiles got a share of the Jewish people’s spiritual resources, they ought to minister to them with material resources. 28 So then after I have finished this job and have safely delivered the final amount of the Gentiles’ offering to them, I will leave for Spain, visiting you on the way. 29 And I know that when I come to you I will come with the fullest blessing of Christ. 30 Brothers and sisters, I urge you, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggles in your prayers to God for me. 31 Pray that I will be rescued from the people in Judea who don’t believe. Also, pray that my service for Jerusalem will be acceptable to God’s people there 32 so that I can come to you with joy by God’s will and be reenergized with your company. 33 May the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (Romans 15:22-33, CEB)
Paul is writing to the church in Rome to help them in the faith. He takes time to tell them who he is and how he has helped others, he lays out a theological understanding and as the letter draws to the end he reminds them that he has wanted to visit, but has been kept from coming, but after a quick trip to Jerusalem he is hopeful to stop in on his way to Spain.
Have you ever been telling people, I’m coming for a visit, and then things come up? Like this past year. After we moved to Texas, I was telling my children we would go to Wisconsin to visit, then COVID and no one traveling, so we didn’t go and now we are in summer again and one of my children is doing summer school, so we are saying maybe after summer school, but then there is camp, and band, and and and…
It seems there is always something to keep us from going.
Where do you want/need to go?
Can you share God’s love there?
Love People. Love God.