When the Doors close
Joseph, one of the patriarchs of the Bible, had a dream. He saw his brothers bow down to him, and he knew that God had an awesome plan for his life. In his own pride and excitement, he told his family about the dream, which if you know the story it seemed that his bragging was to his detriment. Joseph, the son of Rachel, the wife that Jacob love the most, was his father’s favorite child and often he gave Joseph favors such as a lovely coat of many colors.
The kindness of their father for Joseph and now he was having dreams about them bowing down to him was too much for some of the brothers. One day when Joseph went out to visit with them, the brothers sought to kill him, but that was not in God’s plan, so they sold Joseph into slavery.
Gen 37:26 “And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content…….31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.”
I am sure when Joseph was sold, and removed from his family he had no idea that he would ever see them again. All the things thathe was a slave now; how could he ever be happy again. At that moment, it seemed God had closed all the doors, but as the story goes on, we realize that this was only the beginning of his greatness and the salvation for the children of Israel. Joseph became one of the most influential men of all Egypt.
Gen 42:6 “And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.”
Completely unexpected, my husband and I will transfer at the end of the month, leaving behind the big city of Vancouver. We expected to spend another year or so in Vancouver and relocate to our island paradise when adequately prepared, both financially and mentally. So, when adversity struck, forcing us toward making a move earlier than expected, I knew it was of the devil. I prayed against the problems coming against us, bound the devil and also rebuked him. No way was I going to let him take away my comfortable existence. I have a good job, money, ability to keep writing, a roof over my head, an excellent church, and of course my husband was close to his family. I guess as so many others feel, I have all I need here.
However, regardless of how much I prayed and rebuked the devil, the circumstances did not get better but only grew worse as the days passed. As the doors began to close, the human nature within me began to worry just as anyone else would do in my situation. We received panicked phone calls and advice from others, which I assumed was meant to give us some time type of solace but only made the situation worse. For a couple of days, it looked as if there was no answer and soon everything that gave me well-being was vanishing before my eyes. However, God had other plans for us.
My mind overwhelmed with fear, my prayers ot answered, I took time to fas and spend time with God. Keeping every negative thing of the world out of my mind, I concentrated on God’s goodness. “What is going on father,” I cried out. “Give me wisdom and strength to go through it.”
I did no receive any subliminal messages in a dream, no vision of God’s in His splendor and glory pointing out a direction for me to follow, and too, this time, no hidden messages revealed themselves to me as I read the bible. One word surfaced in my thoughts. The wonderful Holy Spirit said to me, “faith.” And although it was only a single syllable word, it touched my heart and spirit as if God had struck me with a lightning bolt. My faith grew, and at that moment I understood it was time to pack up, leave the big city, and move to our home on the island.
Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established shed. Along with my own belief and that of my husband that God is leading us to the island, just the other day as we were transporting our possessions to the island home, my brother-in-law too confirmed God was answering my prayers. He said to me, “Zola, last year you said I wanted to be on the island by the spring of this year, so God has answered your prayer, you should be excited.”
Just like Joseph, when the calamity started in my life began, it seemed that everything was going wrong, but today I can see blessings from God in the change in my situation. For so long I wanted to leave Vancouver and move to the island, but my husband and I wanted to wait until later until everything was perfect. God had to encourage me through the same thing that held me captive in my world; He upset my coziness.
Although our relocation to the island is not occurring as I expected it, I am ready and also excited for the change now. I have no more fear or doubt that when I move, God will pour out His trememdous blessing upon me. Already, finances we did not expect ae showing up, supplies to finish our home is coming to us and my husband, too, is ready to move.
We pray for God to bless us, and when God answers our prayers it is sometimes difficult to see the blessings. We are flesh and live in the world, and we want everything to line up with the ways of the world. It has to be perfect in our eyes because we look upon people, possessions, and hold beliefs in tangible things and not necessarily spiritual things. Things of God are always perfect we must remember, and He moves in the spiritual realm. It is through our faith and trust in Him that the perfection he has for us in the spirit manifests itself in the world and when we follow His directions we see how perfect his blessing really are although it might not seem like it at first.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]
So when doors are closing around you, and things are not going as you expected, pray. If through your faith and prayer, nothing seems to be changing, maybe God is closing doors to encourage you to step out in faith in him.
Hebrew 6:11 “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”