Daily Delight

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

When my husband and I were searching for our new home, it proved to be a test of our faith. We prayed and searched, but each time we felt we had found the one, the door would be slammed shut; be it financial, contractual, failed inspection, you name it. Every time the doors would shut on us, it felt more and more hopeless, and we started to question God’s will for us. Didn’t He want this for our family? Didn’t He know we needed a place to call home? Why would He allow us to fall in love with a home, only to build our hopes up and then leave us crushed when it would fall through again? We were temporarily living with some family members while we searched, and we were so ready to have a place of our own again. As time dragged on, we began to feel deflated. We knew God was there with us through the process, but in our human emotions, we felt abandoned and like He had somehow forgotten about us. We had been praying for months that He would reveal to us a home that had what our family needed within our humble budget, and in our prayers we prayed specifically that His will would be done. But how do we decipher His will versus our own desires? We wanted to believe that God’s will for us wasn’t going to leave us living out of two bedrooms forever, but it was difficult to know when it was God showing us a house, or our own efforts to find a house out of our disparity. The longing in our hearts for a home and hearing God’s voice became quite muddled to us. A house would seem so perfect; it was in the right location, it had the nice size kitchen we wanted, it was affordable…could God be revealing to us where we were supposed to be? When it wouldn’t pan out, we would almost question God’s faithfulness to us. Why would He shut the door on another house that had nearly everything on our wish list? We felt for sure that had He opened that house up for us! One thing we learned in this process is that you can force any door to open if you pry hard enough, even if it isn’t God’s will for you. We tried several times to force doors to open on homes we wanted God’s will to be for us, and every time the answer was ‘no,’ we felt rejected. But when it is His will, you don’t have to pry! The path is made clear, and nothing can block a door God has opened for you. It was a hard thing for us to learn, because our selfish desire was to find a home and move in, stat! We weren’t prepared for God to say, “Wait a little bit longer.” We felt we had been waiting so long already, and surely God didn’t mean for us to wait any more. We had to trust that God’s intentions for us were good and that He knew our needs and our desires, and that He wanted to bless us!

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God... -John 14:1

A few more months later, in God’s perfect timing, He did reveal to us a home, and our offer was accepted. Our past disappointments were redeemed as we realized that His hand was on our family throughout our entire search. In the middle of our frustration and seemingly hopeless house hunt, God was over us, protecting us from potential harmful situations. Though we felt rejection after every closed door, we later realized that it wasn’t rejection; God was simply redirecting us to a home He had in the works for us! God knows our heart’s desires and our every need. Sometimes when we want something so badly, we can become confused with knowing when we hear God’s voice over our own, especially when our desires are glorifying to God and honorable. God wants to bless you with your passions and desires! It is, as my husband and I have learned, rarely in our own timing. When we pry open the doors we think we want for ourselves, we are often missing out on the blessings that God is capable of, and wishes to give us. When we can trust the Lord’s goodness and His faithfulness to us, we can allow His richest blessings to fall on us as His will is revealed. The doors will be made open, and the path will be made clear to us as we allow His will and His perfect timing to prevail!

                    About the Author

Tera Pianalto≫ ≫Tera is a wife and stay at home mom to a sweet little girl. She lives in Northwest Arkansas and loves all things southern! Her favorite things are being with the people she loves, warm, sunny days, being outside, coffee, and puppies. Tera's goal is to make her ministry in her everyday life by serving her daughter and husband, and encouraging and loving on those around her.


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