Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Spacious Places

Once during a year of unemployment, every possible option came to a dead end. It wasn't because we didn't try. We sought jobs through all sorts of avenues but road blocks consistently barred the way. And then suddenly it all changed; opportunity pounded at our door and we were given options beyond our imagination.

One evening while sharing our "predicament" with friends one of them felt God nudging them to give us a Godly word--"God has given you all the choices. Not one of them is perfect but He will bless the choice you make."

Over the next few months as we prayed over the decision for our future I pondered over the "Godly word." I believed that God did want to satisfy me with my heart's desire but being a jealous God He wants my total, unrestrained commitment.

We made a decision. The ensuing months were a struggle - difficult beyond words. Numerous times I was convinced that we had "missed" God's opening and pursued our own desires. But then those words, "none of them are perfect" would float across my vision.

Walking through God's open doors doesn't mean that the other side is pleasant or a perfect experience. This is the lesson I continue to learn. But at the door and in the landscape God shows up in the most unusual places and at unreasonable hours of the day. And my progress, while slow, keeps a forward movement. If I turn around I turn my back on God.

My future was at that time and continues to be uncertain. Hope sounds good but it doesn't always arrive in abundance. Huge challenges repeatedly arise but like the carousel's golden ring, I daily grab the promised blessing that by staying committed to God, who promises to give me my heart's desire, I will arrive safe in His broad and spacious place.

But I trust in you, O Lord. I say, "You are my God.
My times are in Your hand.Psalm 31:14,15

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