I needed to get something out of the linen closet this afternoon and couldn’t open the door. The knob just would not turn.
I don’t know.
It’s been working just fine. Well, okay, I guess I did notice a subtle tightening over the past several weeks, but I could still open the door, so I shrugged it off.
I squeezed and did my best to twist it.
I called our oldest daughter Kyla, who’s 16, to come help me. She gave it her best shot and was also unsuccessful.
Then I got an idea.
I summoned our eldest son Kedar, who’s 11, to assist. He likes challenges and prides himself on being a great helper.
So he came bopping over to me. I relayed the issue and asked him to give it a try. Without missing a beat, he extended his arm, twisted and voilà!
What do you know... the door opened.
Kyla and I looked at each other and giggled. I thanked Kedar.
“Oh, you’re welcome," he smiled casually, shrugged and walked away. I could tell he was pleased with himself.
The ease with which Kedar turned the doorknob made it seem that there was no problem with it at all. I still don’t know how he turned it so quickly, but I’m grateful he did.
That moment made me think about how, in life, there are some situations we can’t turn on our own. We don’t have the power to move what hinders us from accessing what we need.
But God has a way of stepping in and turning things around, making a way where there seems to be no way and opening doors that were firmly closed.
I believe He’s turning some things in your favor, just as He did for the disciples in Luke 5:1-11.
After Jesus had finished using Simon’s boat to teach the crowd on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the Lord told him to push the vessel out into deep waters and let his net down for a big catch.
Before agreeing, Simon informed Jesus that he and the other disciples with him had been fishing all night and had caught nothing—not even a minnow, a small fish.
These guys were tired of all those hours of waiting patiently and receiving nothing in return.
Quite honesty, Simon didn’t want to waste any more time anticipating productivity, only to be let down.
Have you ever felt like you needed to move on or switch up because something wasn’t working? Perhaps you are at a point where you feel tired, as if you have exhausted all your options and just want to rest from your toils.
Nothing seems to be turning around, so why should you keep on believing and pressing through the discouragement?
This is how Simon felt when Jesus told him to try something again that didn’t work the first time.
Nevertheless, exasperated and all, Simon essentially said, “Well, alright Jesus. I don’t think this is a great idea, but if you say so, I’ll give this another shot.”
The Bible says, when he followed Jesus’ command, there were so many fish, the net couldn’t even handle all they caught. They had to call to their partners over from another boat to help them.
They received a blessing they didn’t have enough room to receive!
Those fish filled up both boats. In fact, they started sinking under the weight of the fish.
But what if Simon had refused to believe that this time could be different, or that his circumstances could turn? He would have walked away from a golden opportunity to receive the kind of “exceedingly, abundantly, above” blessing that Ephesians 3:20 talks about.
Friend, no matter what you’re going through. Your situation might look bleak. Your days, weeks, months and years might have been filled with failure, pain, disappointment and one loss after the other.
But God is speaking today and telling you, it’s turning.
And when He speaks, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been unproductive. When He speaks, it doesn’t matter how long that situation has appeared to be dead.
It has to turn. Things must shift. Breakthrough will come, because God has ordained it. I know it’s been a long time coming, but prepare for change, not just for your own good, but for His glory.
Know that your present circumstance does not define your future outcome. Greater, better and more is in store for you.
To help you keep on trusting through the hard times, I’m stirring Galatians 6:9 KJV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, may God rekindle your hope and expectancy for change to come. Something good is on the horizon.
Yokes will be destroyed. Shackles will be loosed. Chains will fall off. Depression will lift. Sickness will be expelled. Oppression will be broken off of you.
Prayers will be answered.
If you believe it, prophesy to yourself right where you are and say, “It’s turning.”
And it is so, according to His will.
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As we connect our faith, I believe that the same manifested power that releases God's glory, goodness and favor in their lives, will overtake yours as well.
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Now let’s pray.
God, no matter what my situation looks like, I know You have the power to turn things in my favor. So instead of giving into discouragement, fear and worry, I declare by faith that it’s turning. And I thank You for it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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