Have you ever felt like you’ve been praying and praying for something to happen, a dream for the future, only to one day, feel like God’s closed the door?
My husband and I have been praying, waiting, and seeking God’s heart for His wisdom, direction, and blessing on some very unique future plans, which have seemingly taken years in the making and preparation.
After more than a decade, it appeared that everything was aligning into the right direction for us to take some action. But just when we started to allow ourselves to get excited, it abruptly felt like our dream was dissolving right before us. Due to unexpected elements, it appeared a door was closing on us and our future dream.
In regard to this future idea of ours, I am confident I have heard God speak to me in the past, giving assurances of His preparations for us. Yet recently, I have questioned, “God, did I hear you correctly years ago? Or did I completely misinterpret your message? It’s been quite a long time of waiting!”
I have walked long enough through life with God to know that He doesn’t make mistakes, His timing is perfect, and often we don’t understand in the middle of our story, what He is really doing. So, in faith, I am believing that I didn’t hear incorrectly. Messages throughout the years have been given, but how they get translated into my everyday life is often entirely different to how and when I envision them coming about.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:19
In the evenings, physical dreams of mine often come and go, without me really remembering much. However on a particular night, in my slumber, I can distinctly recall dreaming about having a conversation with God, as if He were sitting opposite me, both of us sipping our tea and sharing from our hearts.
God asked me, “Child, why do you think that the door to your future plans is closed? Who said it was?”
“But I thought You closed the door after all of these years of praying over this dream and nothing has happened to make it reality? Wasn’t that you, Father?” I replied a bit taken back.
With the warmest wisdom and soft chuckle of the omniscient God, whose fatherly heart is aware of all matters regardless of time, He answered, “Just because a door appears closed, doesn’t mean it actually is. Trust in me, I am working behind the scenes and in time, you will have more knowledge and direction.”
I woke up with an incredible sense of God moving beyond time. He sees our earthly lives as the very beginning to an eternal life, through believing in Jesus. He doesn’t fret about every moment by moment as we humans do, because He is the Ultimate Planner with a great vision for good. He can see His story from the start and throughout eternity.
I am also part of His story and I can trust that all is not lost, when I can no longer see a way to go. The closed door will eventually open or we will be directed to another door. God will provide all that I need, when I need it. And things that seem to take ages in human time, are but a mere moment in God’s Kingdom time.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.Proverbs 16:9