I recently saw this post on Facebook – “Until God opens the next door, Praise Him in the hallway”. Being someone who is presently sitting in the hallway wondering where I’m supposed to serve next, I thought WOW! I know He has a plan and I know I’m supposed to be doing something – I just don’t know what, and so I sit and I sit and I sit.
Today my daughter and I were discussing this very dilemma. In true form, she asked “Where do you feel pulled?” (She uses feel alot – psych major). I told her I knew where my heart lay but wanted to be sure it was God and not me. In the midst of this conversation, out of the blue, I received a text from an incredibly fun and fabulous friend.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for YOU, declares the Lord. Dear Woman of God, Be still for a while and praise God for His favor, His grace and His awesomeness. God is able to do the impossible and is always near. He loves us unconditionally. Together, lets get 1000 ladies to praise Him with one voice in this next hour. Please forward this to every woman you want God to bless. Let’s all say this prayer during this house: Dear God, This is my friend whom I love and this is my prayer for her. Help her live her life to the fullest. Please promote her and cause her to excel above her expectations. Help her to shine in the darkest places where it is hard to love. Protect her at all times, lift her up when she needs You the most, and let her know when she walks with You, she will always be safe. Amen! Now you’re on the clock… Tell nine sisters you love them. Love you.”
Those words “For I know the plans I have for YOU!” just screamed at me. Followed by “Be still for a while and Praise God for his favor”. Through tears in my eyes, I sent a mangled text (hard to text and cry) to my buddy and told her how badly I needed precisely those words. Her response “I got it and then you were the first person I thought of. God knew.”
I relayed this amazing turn of events to my daughter forwarding the text to her along with 8 others per the instructions. Her first response was that she had received the same thing from her mother-in-law. (So grateful she has a mother in law that sends her things like this, but I digress. That’s a whole other blog). Secondly, she said “Everything’s telling you to wait! How awesome is a God who knows your inner being so well, He knows what it will take to get through to you. A God of forever that uses modern social media to speak to our hearts. I am ever amazed (although I shouldn’t be) that he takes the time to personally answer my prayers so intimately and direct.
So in the midst of my impatience I got my answer – be still. And so I will continue to sit in the hallway with my hands held high in praise waiting for His plan to unfold.