I was having a conversation with several friends (Corey and Carrie) after small group this evening. I got to share one of my favorite scriptures with them...and since it's fresh on my mind, I'm going to re-share it with you.
This is from my Mark QT Notes:
([Mark] 5:1-20) || The "Legion" demon-posession story always fascinates me. What jumped out to me this time was 2 things: 1) v15-17... when the townspeople saw the demon-posessed person healed and dressed neatly, they FREAKED OUT and kicked Jesus out of town. 2) v18-19... man formerly known as "Legion" wants to travel with Jesus, who told him no. Instead, the man ends up sharing his story with 10 cities worth of people. Another great example of God telling you "no", or waiting for God's timing.
It really is ironic when you consider how what the man wanted to/felt led to do wasn't what Jesus wanted him to do. Even though that would have been a great one/two punch, for some reason Jesus knew the man formerly known as Legion's ministry would have been more effective if he would go separately to Decapolis (10 cities).
Sometimes where God wants you to go isn't where you want to go. Sometimes it's better. Sometimes it's worse (see Jonah). It's important to remember, though, that with this comes faith in God that regardless of the where, He is there to provide the how...
God I don't understand all things. Nor do I want to. Help me to have faith in Your plans and to follow Your will when it conflicts mine. Allow me to see things in Your time and thank you for Your provisions. Help me to remember that Your ways are better than mine.