Molasses and Doors

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2 (NKJV)

Do you ever feel like that big petition that you’ve requested from God is moving at a molasses pouring pace? All things are coming together but not on your time table…’s really slow. Sometimes I feel like when I ask God for guidance, He presents me a long dimly lit hallway with different looking doors on each side. I’m not sure which door He will open for me. Do I run down the hallway banging on each one? Do I randomly push on one and see if it opens? Or do I stand still until a focused spotlight is aimed right at one already opened? I usually run down the hallway trying to push open any of them. But now I think I’m beginning to see that I need to slowly approach doors and see if they are slightly cracked. Then when I’m there, allow God to shut it or open it up wider.

I’m in the process of relocating back to an area closer to my extended family. I’m more than thrilled, but I have to take it one day at a time. Today, I’m thankful, I woke up in a familiar home in Tennessee. In a few weeks, the Lord willing, I’ll be waking up in a new one in Mississippi.

Over three years ago my husband’s career and my stay-at-home mom life in Mississippi was interrupted by corporate downsizing. We sold our house, packed up everything we could fit in U-hauls and set out without a job or knowing a single person in Tennessee. Now almost 3 years to the day, we are returning to Mississippi. James with a great job opportunity and me with firmer extended family boundaries set.

In 2006 when we sold our house, my realtor gave me a plaque with Jeremiah 29:11. Little did I know then how applicable that verse would be in my life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

The part I have trouble with is the Lord being in control of the plans, not me. He holds the keys to the doors He wants opened. I’m cool with the “prosperity, not harming me, hope and a future” parts. The turning it over and trusting Him to handle it, now that’s hard. But over the past 3 years God has proven Himself faithful in my life.

So you ask what does pouring molasses have to do with open doors? I don’t know. I just like it when they open up wide and flow fast. Have a great week and keep praising God for your opened and closed doors!

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