As the Just Moved community in the Prosper, Texas area increases the meeting spaces available in town was decreasing. I was feeling the pressure to get our spring class scheduled but was running low on meeting location options. I kept looking and praying.
If I am honest, when I pray, I want Jesus to get me from point A to point B in the quickest most comfortable way. I want the stuff not the sweat. I want him to chauffeur me in his sweet ride on easy street.
Rarely do I pray for a coach to build my spiritual fitness along a challenging route from point A to point B. But when I do, Jesus runs along side, encouraging me with his word and presence. He exhausts me of my own effort and shows me to rely on his way and strength. He paces me “Keep On, Keep On, Keep On” as I finally fall in step with his plan.
“KEEP ON ASKING, and you will be given what you ask for. KEEP ON LOOKING, and you will find. KEEP ON KNOCKING, and the door will be opened” Matthew 7:7 NLT
I knew God wanted to provide a meeting space for us to gather and grow. But I wanted Him to answer that prayer request like a chauffeur not a coach. Praying persistently is not so God will finally give in and chauffeur me to point B, its having an active faith that keeps me on keeping on even when I don’t get the answers I want in my timing. By getting in stride with Jesus, I receive more than I asked for, saw more than I was looking for, and walked through more open doors than I expected. Jesus’s route introduced me to new friends, new businesses and new areas in town previously unknown.
So I got to Point B, we have a new location for the Just Moved “Moving On After Moving In” class, but I got so much more in the process of asking, looking and knocking. I was sweaty but stronger. I am grateful that Jesus was more like a coach than a chauffeur. He pushed me past where I wanted to go, introduced me to people I wouldn’t have otherwise met, and propelled me into a deeper dependance on Him.
Maybe you have an unanswered prayer that you are still waiting on and the doors of life seem to be shutting in your face. Don’t give up asking but maybe you need to give up the expectation that God is a chauffeur. When we actively run after His agenda instead of asking Him to fulfill ours, that is when our eyes and the doors of our heart begin to open.
KEEP ON ASKING, KEEP ON LOOKING, KEEP ON KNOCKING.
KEEP ON, KEEP ON, KEEP ON…