Closed Doors

Do you wrestle with the times God says "No" in your life?  There is a simple way to handle those closed doors.  

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And the Lord said to me, "Enough!  Speak to Me no more of this matter."  Deuteronomy 3:26b

I am so yearning for a "Yes" from God right now.

The answer I keep hearing is "No."

I believe I've prayed rightly.  I've asked to either open or shut a door in my life.  Truth be told, I want I open.

You have no idea how much I wanted it open.

And while I was asking God for His will, inside I was saying, "Please say 'Yes', please say 'Yes,' and swing that door wide open for me!"

It's been bothering me for days.

After all of the "No's" in my life, isn't it time for a "Yes"?

I sat this morning wondering what in the world I would write about.  I've written about God saying "No" before.

This time, however, my heart was bent on "Yes."

Then …

I went to my YouVersion devotional - and accidentally (on purpose, God?) read the wrong message.  I don't know who the writer is.  But I quote the words:

"James Russell Lowell wisely observed, "There is no good arguing with the inevitable; the only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat."  Although there are times we must learn to intercede, there are other times God simply says "No."  We should learn to leave it at that."


Ok, then.

As much as I wanted that "Yes" in my life, it's not one that I will get.  And I don't think God is saying it punitively.  I do know that He knows best. 

Yet, the past few days, the thoughts of "Maybe" haven't been far away.  I was still hoping against hope.  

Finding those words this morning - words that weren't meant to be read until tomorrow, reminds me of how intimately God knows my heart.

He knows how badly I wanted that "Yes" response, that open door.  I feel Him telling me gently, "You need to let go and simply leave it at 'No' little one."

The sun shines brightly out my window.  I still carry many losses as I try to deal with them.  Yet, now this one doesn't feel like the loss I thought it would.

I see it as a sign of a loving, caring Father, who truly knows me, who truly knows what is best for my life, and is trusting me to listen to Him - and leave it at that.

I've no idea where you are with God right now.  I don't know if you are struggling with a "No" or searching for an open door.  I don't know what God's answer will be for you.

But perhaps, just perhaps, if He is telling you "No" and it's a "No" you don't want, these words will speak to you as they did to me.

Father God, How eagerly we can approach Your throne, believing we know what is best for ourselves;  Like little children, we might be pleading for the very thing that is wrong for our lives.  Grant us the wisdom to know when to pursue - and when to simply listen to you - let go - and leave it at that.  Amen and Amen.

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