Kara and I are trying to solve a problem. If you’ve ever tried to start a business, I’d imagine you’ve probably run into the same thing we have at one time or another. It’s the issue of money. Dolla bills, yo!
Anyway, it’s a lack problem. As in we lack the necessary funds to go to market. It’s okay because we’re confident God’s going to provide and we are pursuing appropriate avenues to see that become a reality.
Which brings me to the point. Don’t muddy the waters. Allow me to explain. I write in fours.
A few days ago I was spending some time with the Lord, soft worship music flowing through the room, when I began to reflect on the past couple of months and a word we’d received from someone we trust.
It was about doors opening to us and how we’d have the freedom to choose which one we wanted to walk through. We would find favor no matter what but some offered more than others.
I was processing the word and relating it to the financing we needed to open our business. I was thinking about all of the doors I’d knocked on. My approach was to entertain every option that came our way no matter what it involved. As long as it was legal, that is.
But then I heard the Lord say very clearly, “Don’t muddy the water.”
I kinda scrunched my nose, confused about what he meant. If we were going to have favor no matter which door we walked through, what did it matter how many options I pursued?
He replied by saying, “Though there are a handful of options in front of you, not every opportunity is from me. When you open every door, it clutters up the water and the real treasure is so much harder to see.”
Then I had a vision of clear water with precious stones sparkling underneath. I could see them perfectly until a rush of dark particles distorted the water and they all but vanished. If I plunged my hand in, there would be a good chance I’d miss the treasure completely or grab something harmful.
Many of us are tasked with making difficult decisions these days, choices that are directly related to the dreams and passions of our hearts becoming a reality. And that involves all kinds of dreams and all kinds of situations. I don’t believe God is into micromanaging but I do think there are a number of opportunities that can bring the kingdom into our circumstances and on the flip side a number of options that can push it out.
There isn’t just one right answer in most situations. There is sometimes but most of the time God wants us to have the freedom to choose from a handful of options. But let’s do our best to only open the doors that will keep the waters clear. If we’ve got our hand on a knob that sends a prickly warning through our hearts, best to leave it closed so that confusion stays on the outside where it belongs. That way we can keep our eyes on the real treasure.
Jesse and Kara