He does not leave us out on the water forever.
Reference: The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:24 NIV)
Explore: When one door closes another door opens… but it’s hell in the hallways!
If you’ve ever spoken to someone who has just decided to leave their job you will get a sense of freedom but also a deep fear that something better may not come up. Waiting for the next opportunity can feel like a life time!
I’d always heard the saying “when one door closes another will open” but it seemed so trite when the closed door can bring so many emotions. I loved the addition of “…but it’s hell in the hallway.”
It acknowledged the challenges that change brings and that sometimes we require supernatural patience during times of trial.
Application: God gave Noah some pretty clear guidance when asking him to build the ark, but if I was Noah, floating on top of the world with no land in sight, I’d want some more details!
God said it would rain for 40 days and 40 nights but what then? Was Noah anticipating the 150 day wait in a boat with only his family and a whole lot of animals?
There have been some pretty horrendous cruise liner stories, but I think this would take the cake. Every single day for 5 months they waited.
That’s a fairly dark hallway Noah experienced. I bet he was relieved when the next door opened to him.
If you are waiting for the next chapter, the next season, the next opportunity, know God is with you in the hallway. He rarely gives us all the details, but He does not leave us out on the water forever.
Prayer: Lord, while You may not give us the details, please make Your presence known to us while we wait in the hallway. Amen.
What are you waiting for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.