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Sometimes you believe things are going to work out and they just don't. Everything seems like it is lined up and you believe you're doing the right thing, but for one reason or another it just doesn't work out.
Here, the Holy Spirit seems to be preventing evangelism in Asia. It doesn't seem like that would be the case -- why would the Holy Spirit prevent evangelism anywhere? From our perspective, it's hard to wrap our minds around this.
It's a humbling thing, admitting that our minds and understanding are limited by our perspective. God sees from a different perspective, but we so want to understand, to wrap our minds around God, but to do so would mean that we could comprehend the fullness of God, and we aren't meant to do so. In Christ, we see the fullness of God, his love and mercy, and we get a glimpse into the riches of heaven, but until we pass through the veil of death and into eternal life, we can never fully understand, as we are limited.
So may we accept the leadership of the Holy Spirit, trusting in the wisdom of God.