I got to tell a couple of stories in church the other day-one to a large room full of people, and one to a smaller room full of people. One was about my favorite childhood author, C.S. Lewis.
Both stories were about being stuck in the hallway…..
A year ago, I found myself in yet another “hallway”.
A dream that I had dreamed and prayed about for many years, was clearly NOT going to come true. It looked, at first glance, like I was finished; like maybe I had misunderstood what I thought God was calling me to do. I was devastated, confused, extremely sad and disappointed.
This has happened before…..
But God wasn’t finished with me- not by a longshot.
I didn’t have much, but I did have Jesus, and I clung onto Him like a drowning person clings on to a life raft.
Nothing seemed clear, nothing at all, but I knew that I had Jesus, and that some way, somehow, all of this would eventually make sense.
And eventually……..it did.
I’m no longer “in the hallway”, but I know that, eventually, there will be another hallway. There always is. God sometimes does God’s best work in those hallways.
God sure has done the most work on me, in the hallway, and I am wise enough to know (and hopefully remember), that I will just cling to Jesus in that next hallway. And wait patiently until everything starts to make sense.
One thing I have become more and more sure of as I get older, and hopefully wiser, is that God’s plans for me almost always are better than the plans I have for myself.
If you are “in the hallway” today, my prayer for you is to hang on tight.
It is often darkest before the dawn…..