Today Acts 16 tells us: “[Paul and Timothy] traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.” I remember Bishop Doherty preaching on this text at my seminary graduation. He said that we tend to think of life as a kind of slingshot, where we are set in a single direction all the way till our reward. But the reality is there is lots of “pinging around” when we follow the Spirit. It’s not always comfortable! Sometimes God shuts us down, or sets us in some unexpected direction. Or he prevents something we anticipate from happening. But thanks be to God for the pinging around. Life would be rather borning without it.