I’m walking down old paths, examining closed doors when He counsels,
Maybe you’re a little too focused on those doors.
“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18)
“Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” (Matthew 16:9-10)
Didn’t every closed door direct you onward? Didn’t every no ultimately lead to a yes?
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
List the yeses, child. Name them and remember.
Yes to the man my college heart ached for across miles and oceans for 8 long months
Yes to ministry together and provision for an assignment in South America
Yes to a baby girl with blond curls to take the name I’d planned from childhood to give her
Yes to the painful, humbling question, “Abba, can we go home?”
Yes to a house of our own when my husband was jobless but my weary, confused heart needed a place to call home
Yes to jobs that developed his gifts, prepared the way
Yes to a son to nurture to manhood
Yes to a summer camp for brokenhearted children
Yes to the $25,000 needed that first year of camp and to the $30,000 to $70,000 needed each year since
Yes to schooling at home – a lifestyle that has fit us so well
Yes to a new position in ministry that gives opportunity and freedom to engage all his passions and giftings
Yes to a little brother and the filling of a space in our family that I didn’t even realize was there
Yes to this house with the sun rising over the deck, kids jumping on the trampoline, just minutes from mom’s
Yes to help for the little guy’s eczema, allergies, and asthma
Yes to opportunities for our children to experience missions and God’s heart for all peoples
Yes, yes, and yes…
How can I fear a no when the word He is always speaking over my life is YES?
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all – how will it not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)