Do you ever feel like the harder you pray, the more things seem to go in the opposite direction of your prayers or perhaps there’s no movement at all, just total silence? I’m not sure which is harder, the waiting or the actual closed door … you know, that moment when you get the answer you’ve been seeking and it’s a resounding “NO”!
As we go through life on earth, there will be many, many things we hope, dream, and pray for … some major, life-changing prayers, while others, well, not so important (trust me, I’ve hoped and prayed for an up-close parking space more than once, but it certainly didn’t alter my life when I had to park a few rows back and walk either). Most of the time, the little noes or closed doors are but a blip on our radar, but those slammed doors? Well,those are quite a bit harder to accept.
My family dynamic is getting ready to drastically change and in the not-too-far future, my hubby and I will be empty-nesters. My daughter is currently a sophomore at a local junior college, preparing to transfer to a university, and my son is in the home stretch of his junior year of high school where he’s already making big plans to leave the state, headed to college next fall. My husband and I have been planning and praying about this quickly approaching next season for several years. We felt like those prayers were answered a few years ago when he was offered a fairly large contract in the Atlanta area. It happened quickly, in a way, at a time and in such abundance that it appeared to be the open door we’d been seeking. Michael worked hard, cultivated relationships, and prepared for what we felt would be a great long-term opportunity and our family’s next step, while I continued to pray that the Lord would open/close doors according to His will. See, sometimes even though a door opens at what seems like the perfect time, that doesn’t mean it’s your door, or perhaps it is your door, but only for a season!
Trust me when I say the Lord is ALWAYS faithful to answer our prayers and, although the timing may seem like the absolute worst, His timing is ALWAYS perfect! Last week, we learned that my husband’s Atlanta contract would not be renewed. Not only is this a huge loss of income for our family, it’s quite a blow to my husband’s ego and leaves a gaping hole of uncertainty at a time where we’d worked so hard to ensure finances were in order with two kids to put through college. I would be lying if I said that my fleshly tendency to worry hasn’t reared its ugly head over the past week … I mean, I am human after all! But, honestly, I know in my heart that God answered my prayer … not necessarily in the way I had hoped, but He did answer and the answer was “no” … the answer was “This is NOT your door.” And the reality of that answer tells me that He has another door, another plan, that’s so much greater. Has he not promised us this in His Word?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
The doors God closes are seldom what I was hoping for, but I’ve learned through experience, they are all a part of God’s great plan for my life. Every door He’s ever closed, every heartache I’ve ever endured, He’s used to grow me, mature me and point me in the direction of what I never dreamed possible.
When He closes a door in your life, you need only put your trust in Him and know that He works all things for good for those who love Him! He created you, sweet sister, and He wants to do abundantly more than you can dream possible … all it takes is having faith and believing His promises! May you never forget that He takes delight in giving us, his daughters, the desires of our hearts, when we trust in Him! Don’t stand looking at that closed door. Get on your knees and tell Him that you can’t wait to see what He has in store for you!
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20
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Amber Edwards began Blessing Bag Ministry, affording her numerous opportunities to share her love for the Lord with many lost and hurting. A native of Birmingham and Huffman High School, Amber is happily married with two teens and working as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. She enjoys leading women’s small groups and serving as Captain of the Events Team at her church. Her true passion is for others. Read Ambers BoP bio here.