This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you. But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you aid me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. (Romans 15:22-24)
I moved to Florida over 42 years ago. I never expected to move from Palm Beach county, but God had other plans. I moved to Gainesville, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Mt. Dora, Ocala, and now the panhandle. I miss people and experiences in all those places but prefer the quaintness of Mt. Dora. We have lake property close to there which we plan to build on, but we really don’t know where God will take us next if anywhere.
It’s clear from this letter to the Romans that Paul loves the Roman Church and wants to go back. He’s making provisions for that, but God changed his plans. We know Paul made it to Rome as a prisoner, but we don’t know if Paul traveled to Spain. If he did, there’s no biblical record of it.
Paul was unable to visit the Roman church because he was busy preaching the gospel to those who didn’t know it. Paul trusted in the power of God for the full measure of his ministry and didn’t start new things until finishing the old. He planned for the future as we must, but we have to keep an open mind as Paul did to fulfill God’s plan.