Author Reflections – Closed Windows, Open Doors
Nathan “Eagle Eyes” Isaacson stood in the pouring rain. Every door in this distant land seemed to have slammed in his face. His contacts didn’t want to risk housing him for even one night. If he was discovered by the police, the whole household could be forced into a re-education camp. Cold and alone, Nathan walked down an alley. He wasn’t wanted here, but he wasn’t discouraged. God always led him to someone to help, eventually. It was exciting to see how the Lord worked in these situations. (Inspired by a character in Dark Liaison.)
Recently, a friend of mine, Eric, shared with me about his possibility of leading a Bible study for the first time. We were both excited about this opportunity and prayed for much fruit. But before it even started, there was discouragement. The people Eric invited didn’t attend.
A month went by, and we prayed for God’s will. Perhaps, we considered, God didn’t intend for Eric to lead quite yet. Then, the leader of another Bible study left for another ministry. Eric was welcomed to fill the opening, and within a few weeks, it was obvious that Eric was meant to lead. God just had a plan of His own.
If you’re like me, maybe you get excited with new ideas, then quickly become discouraged when things don’t go as planned. I need to remember that God has a plan and it is always better than my own! Pray for God to show you His will in all circumstances, and then be patient.
What experience do you have of a door opening in your life when windows have closed?
See you in the field!