It’s been a long couple of months. We had an offer accepted on a house on April 27, 2015. The original closing was set for June 15th which was moved to July 15th, which was moved to July 31st, which was moved to August 12th, which is only a few days away and honestly, I wonder if we will make this last deadline. For the most part, everything went very smooth with the house itself and with us as buyers. However, it’s the process which has been a drag. Processing delays because of people. Errors, delays, and terrible communication. Even today, we received our fourth round of paperwork, and it is incorrect. Truthfully, sometimes all I can do is laugh, and others cry because the situation can be so pathetic.
There are those who have said, “Maybe this is a sign from God that this isn’t the house for you.” This may very well be true. From day 1, I prayed, “Lord, if this isn’t where you want me to be, take it away.” I’ve said time and time again to God, “It is only one of many houses. I want the onr you want. It’s all material and will all be ashes one day. Take it and do with it as you want.” It is not something I have held onto tightly. I have pushed people to do their job. I have been frustrated by repeated incompetence. And have been aggravated by lack of concern. But the house, I could take or leave it. It’s all up to God what He does with it.
Struggle does not always mean God doesn’t want us to have something. Sometimes the very thing He wants REQUIRES struggle. I can’t relay the full story here, because it is not mine to tell. But I will say that one particular incident that would not have happened had this went smooth, could mean freedom for someone. It allowed for encouragement and value to be spoke to someone. It helped someone else explain a circumstance and it’s significane that would have otherwise been lost. And it confirmed something someone else had been wondering about. Even just one of those things would have made the whole process worth it. Who knows the true purpose of the delays or the intent of this journey – only God.
We tend to forget all the struggle we find in Scripture. Some of the biggest obstacles were overcome but required struggle. When I think about life circumstances that weren’t exactly ideal, two men come to mind, Daniel and Joseph. If you are struggling and wondering about God’s will in your life, take a look at these two men. They were both captives at a very early age. They were both in essence framed and punished although they were pretty much innocent. Daniel wasn’t really innocent per se, but he was in the right and not in the wrong. They were both put in a pit and survived above all odds. These guys had some really rough times.
Each of these men had very high-highs, and very low-lows. They always sought out God for their answers and fully relied on Him. So just because we struggle, it doesn’t mean we are walking where God doesn’t want us to walk. The key is to always be asking God to be in it, to direct it, and to have His way, and not our own.
In fact, in Daniel is where we see a situation which would frustrate, discourage, and may even stop many of us from continuing with what we are doing. Daniel spends 24 days praying. (If you read it, notice he didn’t wash for three-weeks either – someone say STINKY!!) Twenty-four days and no answer. Would you continue on with your plan of action, or quit about 10 days in? Let’s pick up here in Daniel 10:10 –
10 Then a hand touched me and made my hands and knees shake. 11 The man said to me, “Daniel, you are highly respected. Pay attention to my words. Stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, trembling. 12 He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer. 13 The commander of the Persian kingdom opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the kings of Persia. 14 I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the last days, because the vision is about times still to come.”
So God had answered Daniel’s prayer immediately, but there had been opposition. Now, hear me on this, I do not believe every struggle is because of evil opposition. Sometimes, it’s just people who are acting out of their own thoughts and motives. They are just being people. The point I am making with this story is: 1) Daniel was highly respected. 2) God heard everything. 3) Daniel was humbled before God, 4) There was opposition which created a delay in answered prayer, and 5) God always wins.
Keep all those in mind as you struggle. Yes, we grow weary. Yes we grow frustrated and sometime angry. Yes we may be screaming one minute and crying the next. Yes we want to just give up. But we can’t! We have to wait to see what God says about the situation. Allow Him to do what He wants with it. The key is to struggling through is to remain prayerful and humble and let God do the rest. It might take 2 days, it might take 24, or it might take 40! Keep pushing through until God says STOP! If you are listening, you will know. And if you aren’t, He will block you. Sometimes its all about the struggling through, the journey you take, and the others that can be blessed by it.