Waiting For That Dream Opportunity?
We pray for God to open doors of opportunity. But what if that hope-filled, potentially life-changing door slams shut? Or worse, what if the door opens widely for one of our competitors instead?
Anxious moments. Sleepless nights. Long days. We experience these when we dream and pray with expectation that we’ll land that dream job – as do all the other people who are vying for that same title or opportunity.
Can we compete without becoming greedy, ugly and mean-spirited? With our maxed-out emotions and adrenaline-pumping hearts, is it possible to succeed in a competitive environment while maintaining a Christ-honoring posture?
When we focus on our desire and ambition, we can easily lose sight of God’s will. We become so driven to improve our image and prestige that we fail to value the hopes and needs of our rivals.
Big doors can become big diversions if, in our excitement, we lose part of ourselves – often the part we like most. The part that reflects the God Who cares about others and their goals and dreams. We can end up sacrificing the part of ourselves that trusts our wise heavenly Father’s love for us.
Perhaps Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV) can keep our thoughts, motivations and emotions on the right path:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
How will you, Spirited Achiever, handle it when the next door you think is yours opens for someone else? I’m a competitive person too, so I often struggle with this. Thankfully, my heavenly Father understands me well and knows how to help me be the person He knows I want to be. The person who chooses to trust Him with everything.
Let’s trust our wise, compassionate heavenly Father to bless whom He wishes, when He wishes, as He wishes. Think how much less stress we could have if we did this. How much less jealousy. How much less frustration.
The next time that big, beautiful door becomes someone else’s opportunity, let’s rest in knowing that, in God’s perfect timing, our turn will come. And while we’re waiting, let’s continue to work hard to improve our skills.
Peace. Rest. Fruitful days. These could be ours if we apply this week’s verse whenever we’re walking (or crawling) through a closed-door season.
What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- How did you handle it when the door you thought was yours turned out to be for someone else?
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When the door turns to be someone’s else,I will clap for them,and continue to trust HIM until my time comes.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Beautiful comment, Linda. I’ve often admired your faith – especially considering your circumstances. Please don’t give up. Because, indeed, your time will come – God is faithful!
<3 Sheryl, thank you for your exceptional blog message for today in which you encourage us to remember that God, in His perfect wisdom, opens doors of opportunity for us as He chooses. As Christians, may we never lose sight of His work behind the scenes in our lives and in the lives of others. May we follow your good advice to trust in His timing. Amen! <3 I am both honored and blessed to share your message on my Timeline. <3
Thank you, Joyce! As always, I appreciate the wisdom you share in your comments – on my blog AND on the Heart”wings” pages!!
And thank you so much for sharing my devotion on your Facebook page, Joyce.
Mrs. Sheryl, I always say What God has for me is for me and it won’t miss me. So if a door opens for someone and I’ve been waiting on this door, I will thank God for what is to come, be still and wait on Him. Easier said than done. But I trust God that my door is Delayed, not denied!
GREAT comment, Brianna. A while ago, several years ago, you posted something about “big doors” of opportunities. Thank you for being the inspiration behind this devotion.
AND thank you for stopping by Today Can Be Different. I hope you do so often!
Yes it boils down to our focus. What or who are we looking at?
“When we focus on our desire and ambition, we can easily lose sight of God’s will.”
And I love your comment about God blessing whom he will. We need to keep everything in his will and about him. It’s impossible to get through this in God’s will if we aren’t focused on him but our own desires. God may have a higher calling for us; perhaps to bring us closer to him. Closer than those who seemingly have the blessing we covet.
WOW wonderful perspective, Barbara! I especially love your last sentence. Thank you.