It is an old and true cliche, when God closes a door He opens another. Wise people know you can stand in God’s hallway a long time. Moses spent 40 years in hallway, waiting. Joseph spent approximately 5 years in jail before becoming Pharaoh’s executive. 5 years waiting. The Bible is filled with hallway-sitters, people in between promises given and promises fulfilled. How do you know if you are waiting for God to open a door? Well…
1. You are waiting for a specific door to open. You can name it. It is a noun, person or place or thing!
2. Behind your specific door is something God has already revealed to you. If He hadn’t shared glimmers of things to come you wouldn’t know to walk through it when it opens. Revealing the door might be a surprise, but what lies behind it isn’t.
3. Behind your specific door is something consistent with God’s will. God doesn’t provide opportunities that are contrary to his plan. That is a “Satan” thing; he opens doors left and right! (go back and think about that point some more)
4. Behind your specific door is something specifically for you, designed with your gifts and talents and capacities in mind.
5. Behind your specific door is something desirable. You want it and that is why you are willing to wait for it.
If you aren’t waiting for a specific door you are most likely wandering the hallways trying to find any door that will nudge. WARNING! Not every door is for you and not every door opens up blessings. Do not leave the hall-wandering and enter into settling. How might you be settling? Well, it isn’t the things above. It is less than. If you are about to settle, step back and step away. Get back in the hall! Don’t settle- wait.
You may wander for a season, trying to get a lead on God’s will for you. That is part of the process. Through time in prayer God will begin to nudge you in a certain direction. You will find yourself outside a door, one door, with your next God-planned journey on the other side. When you find your door…wait for it!
…without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. – The Apostle Paul (Romans 1:10)