False accusations, pompous self-promotion and kangaroo courts jostled his physical life; yet, the eternal plans of God unfolded in the midst. News of a murderous attack fell to ears that led to the foiling of the plot. Visiting leaders offered timely advice that kept Paul in the right position to do the will of God. The tangle of life never slowed the plan of God: Paul never faltered in his faith.
One of my devotions dovetailed nicely with this using the story of Lydia's conversion. Spurgeon called providence the handmaid of Grace. I like that, don't you? The timing of events is never arbitrary; providence is the servant of the grace of God. Trust it.
Then, Spurgeon pointed out Lydia sought to do the 'right thing.' Her honoring of convention (going to a place of prayer to God) opened the door to the greatest thing of all: supernatural touch. Part of being in the right place at the right time is seeking the right place. Timing and desire merged to the destination God desires: the place where He can enter in!
Only God can open a heart...and that is always His will. The Father desires none to perish. He is always orchestrating lives toward that moment when the heart is ready for love to enter in. That love is the foundation for a life of faith. As the Truth of His love grows within our heart, confidence in His willingness and ability (faith) begins to rule our every action. God is at work. He always will be. He is worthy of our trust. Paul trusted in Jesus Christ; His faith conquers every fear.