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St. Paul would not have stopped in Galatia to preach the Gospel unless he had been forced to stop there by an illness. It's true:
You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first; and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. (Gal.4:13-14)The truth is, we never know what kind of "surgery" God will perform on a heart forced to take a day off of work or school and quietly rest - or how a u-turn for a forgotten backpack may prevent you from continuing down your usual route and being in a fender bender, or getting to work a couple of minutes later but running into someone God wanted you to talk to. It makes for a much brighter day to trust that the Good Lord has it all under control, and is working things for the good (Rom.8:28).