Mr E and I have spent three years 'waiting' on the Lord to open a door.
I suppose at the very beginning we imagined He'd move quickly, but then a year passed and we figured the timing wasn't right or He needed us to stay put for a purpose we were not yet aware of.
Year two passed and our prayers continued.
Hopes were raised and dashed many times.
Doors appeared but none opened, not even a crack. If they had we may well have jammed our foot in the doorway to keep that door ajar and attempt a forced move.
But God loves us too much to let us push forward into pastures not our own, places not purposed for His plans in our lives.
Year three is drawing to a close and still we stand waiting for a door to open.
Will it? We do not know, but we trust God's ways are higher than ours, that His plans are perfect and will flourish in ways we cannot imagine.
Psalm 130:5 speaks deep into my heart.
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits..."
That's what it feels like, week after week, month after month, year after year - like every part of my body is alive with waiting, earnestly desiring His plan to unfold and a view from behind the closed door to become clear.
So every day we pray, every day we bow before our God and accept His will, every day acknowledging His sovereignty and completeness.
Maybe the wait will end soon, perhaps it will continue for many years.
Yet though we desire to have a path revealed that leads us forward, we choose to find our peace in Him, and in His word we put our hope.
Never lose hope, never forget His ways are perfect and we can trust our lives into His care.
When your heart is His, when you truly offer Him your life, the waiting is bearable.
I always end my prayer requests like this...
"Yet not my will but Yours be done, Lord"
...and it's that acknowledgement which assures me everything is happening according to His purpose and to His eternal glory.
We have no hope apart from Jesus, of this I am convinced.
So sweet friend, if you're in this earthly waiting room with us, looking for that door to swing wide and beckon you in, you're not alone. In fact, Jesus is right here with us, encouraging us to bloom where the Father has us today. After all, we are where we are for a heavenly reason.