After enduring the years of mocking and unbelief, the day had come when all the preparation was finished. God gave Noah the final instructions. Get your family in the boat because, in seven days, everything is going to change. So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him. 13 “That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. 14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind.15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. 16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.” Genesis 7:13-16

There are times when we have labored, worked, and obeyed. We did the work alone while standing against the mockers and the nay-sayers. We did everything the Lord asked us to do, and then God closes a door. It can feel isolated and cut off. It can seem like a tight, narrow, and limited space. It can even stink! Nothing seems solid. The ground continually moves under your feet. There is no stability for what seems like an eternity.

You may question if this is actually God’s plan for you and wonder if you heard Him correctly. But when God closes a door, it’s for your protection. When God closes a door, He’s redirecting you. He knows that the landscape of your world is changing, and you won’t survive it if you aren’t shut up with Him and shut out from your yesterday and all those who wanted to hold you there. But the flood you are experiencing is serving to carry you to a new mountain top with a whole new view and perspective.

Keep checking the dove’s (Holy Spirit) response. He will let you know when the floodwaters are no longer a danger to you. While you made the preparations not knowing what was coming, God has been making the preparations for all that is new. And when that door opens, it will be a whole new world.

Jaime Luce

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