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Opportunity knocks, but will God open?


God closed a door today.

 

A little part of me expected it, but a bigger part of me wanted it badly. I still do.

 

If I’m honest, the opportunity has consumed me over the past several months:

  • I’ve talked about it without end.
  • I’ve daydreamed about it.
  • I’ve dreamed about it.
  • And I’ve talked about it some more.

 

Surely this is God’s best for me. How could it not be?

 

But during the past several months, a little voice nagged at me.

 

Is it really God’s best?

 

As the months crawled by, I noticed more and more red flags about the opportunity. Still, I wanted it–like a newborn baby reaches for her bottle.

 

Today, God confirmed my misgivings: He closed that door.

 

The moment I learned of the opportunity, I stepped out in faith but prayed for God’s best for me. If it was not His best, I did not want it–regardless of the disappointment. He would help me process any sadness; of that, I’m certain. But I did not want to risk walking outside His plan for me.

 

Today, I learned that opportunity was not part of His plan for me.

 

This evening, my husband helped me talk through my disappointment. I melted in his arms and cried.

 

“I wanted it badly.”

 

He hugged me tighter, and as he did, an encouraging voice from above soothed my soul.

 

“I have something better.”

 

The man holding me in his arms was living proof. At that very moment, God used my husband of four months–the one He sent to me, the one holding me in his arms–to remind me that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17). He brings His best at exactly the right time.

 

 

I will continue to process my feelings. But deep down, I sense another door will soon open. God is about to do a brand-new thing. It has already begun, and I’m starting to see it unfold (Isaiah 43:19).

 

His best is on the horizon.

 

Come alongside…Have you wanted something so badly that it hurt? How has God responded? How can the verses above help you trust in God’s timing and best for you?

6 Responses to Opportunity knocks, but will God open?

  • Lynn says:

    Daphne, I sense what your loss may be, as you have been so open over the past couple of years. However, all of us have to grieve our losses and trust that God has His reasons. You have a loving husband to hold you and help you.

    That is an unanswered desire/need in my life so it is easy for me to be grateful that you have him to help console you at this time.

    I have had that Isaiah verse on my bedstand/ in my heart for so many years re: different hopes – “about to do a brand new thing”. For me I have to go back to God’s time vs. my time. And the years go by. And I trust He still has the opportunity for me. It may come wrapped differently than what I had hoped but I pray I have the eyes to recognize Him always and trust that He knows best.

    Hugs –
    Lynn

    • Daphne says:

      Thank you for sharing, Lynn.

      One thing I’m learning is that when God closes the door to an opportunity now, it may be a good opportunity but not the best time. And that’s perfectly okay. He is sovereign, and His timing is perfect.

      I agree with you: Sometimes God’s answers come wrapped differently than what we expect. And even then–especially then, He exceeds our original expectations.

      Hugs,
      Daphne

  • Daphne, Thank you for your transparent honesty…your post really resonated with me today also…I like this quote by Charles Stanley, “Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees”…I love leaning on His everlasting arms and His Sovereignty.
    blessings,
    beth
    http://bethwillismiller.blogspot.com/

    • Daphne says:

      I like that quote, Beth. It is difficult to look beyond, isn’t it? I try to remind myself that God sees the whole picture. As much as I insist I have a clear picture of the situation, I don’t. So… I trust Him.

      Hugs to you!
      Daphne

  • Chainy77 says:

    Thank you so much for this blog. I too have had to “let go and let God”. My husband and I have been wanting a baby for so long. This year I have basically let it go. I will no longer cry about it and I will enjoy the joys I have right now with the life God has given me. For the first time I can actually say that I am happy and regardless if I will ever be a mom or if I will have to adopt. I can still be happy. Like you cousin I know what it is like to want something so bad and have to grieve it and move on with the beautiful life God has given us. Your words just reaffirmed what God keeps telling us. Be happy and let Him take control of everything for He knows what is best for us and the right timing for everything.

    • Daphne says:

      Hi, Chainy77:

      Thank you for sharing so honestly, my sister.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. ((((((((Hugs))))))))

      I encourage you to grieve your loss little by little. God knows the desires of your heart, dear one, and it’s okay to keep praying and pouring out your heart to Him. As you empty yourself before Him, He will comfort you with His tender love and presence.

      I wrote an article about this very thing. It was published in Comfort Cafe: “Tearing My Robe and Shaving My Head.” I hope you will take a few moments to read it and allow God to continue that comforting process in you.

      Big hugs,
      Daphne

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