Have you ever really hoped and believed God was gong to open a door and then it didn’t open? People whom you trust and love even confirmed what you thought was His plan and timing, and they had NO idea you were hoping and praying for that very thing. So then you think “wow, God…this must be Your hand and favor because i didn’t tell anyone that desire of my heart and several people confirmed the same thing separately of one another!” But then it didn’t turn out the way you had prayed, the way you really thought was The Lord’s direction.
That happened to me recently…I had my dreams and hopes high for something that had a worthy purpose…something that would truly bring glory to God, and is already what I am working towards but just would have been a big door for greater influence and favor. But for whatever reason, this particular opportunity or door didn’t open when I was hoping it would.
I have so many amazing and encouraging friends as well as awesome kids and a husband who encourage me daily and love me in spite of all my yuck 🙂 Several of them spoke words of wisdom and encouragement that brought life and healing in the midst of sadness and disappointment…especially when we thought for sure it was a ‘God thing”.
Sometimes we are on the right path but the timing is just not yet for the thing we have been hoping for. When that happens, we have two choices…we can either take it as a failure, retreat, pull away and get real depressed (do I hear a witness?) OR we can receive the love and encouragement those who love us are wanting to give; cry out to God in the midst of our disappointment and then listen… in that we draw closer to Him and trust that His timing is perfect. Perhaps He wants us to have the courage to try and do our best even when things are not in our favor or control…and then to know that when it does happen, it will truly be His hand and timing as well as our perseverance and courage to try again. Maybe the door we had all our hopes in is just not the exact one needed in order for our destiny to be fulfilled.
“…but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3: 12-14