John 13 - In Due Time - Will Understand

Doorways, Hallways, and Gateways

This post has been in my draft folder since last October and when I heard Charlotte Gambill speak at a conference this past weekend, I was reminded to listen to the sermon (for the 10th or 11th time) again and hit submit on this post.

Anyone else agree that their life is definitely not how they thought it would be? I can’t tell you how often I have asked the question “How did I get here?” How many times have you asked a similar question? Well I love this sermon and how Charlotte relates our journeys through these “what is going on” situations to a doorway, hallway, and gateway all referencing the Shunammite woman in 2 King 4.

Doorways

“What can be done for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.” Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” 2 Kings 4:14-16

This woman’s dream was so far gone, that when she was finally told she was going to have a son, she objected, “No, my lord.” What dream have you given up on? Maybe it’s becoming a mom? Maybe it’s seeing your marriage restored or you are still waiting on your dream of finding a spouse. I don’t know what it is, but you might be like this Shunammite woman who had given up on her dreams and desires. So much so, that when her desire was brought back to light, she objected the idea completely.

As you stand in the doorway, just like this woman did, God is calling you to bring back the dreams that you have hidden and put away. You have no idea what he is going to do and when he is going to do it so unless he has told you it’s over, remember it’s not over yet! Don’t put away the promises he has given you. Stay strong. Stay steadfast. Continue to wait with hope! You won’t stay in your doorway forever, but if you dig up the dreams that you have allowed to slip away, you will be led to your hallway.

Hallways

 “She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.”  2 Kings 4:21

This woman was more confused than anything. While she was in the doorway, her promise was resurrected and she was told she would birth a son, and a year later as she was told, she had her son. But then, in verse 20 her son died. Can you imagine? She waited so long for her promise and then her son died.

But, she didn’t panic or freak out. She didn’t complain and whine to all of her friends. Instead she picked up her son and brought him to God. She took her problem and brought it back to the place of promise. And when asked how she was doing she responded with, “everything is all right.”

This woman (it would be nice if she had a name) put all emotions aside and took action. She wasn’t overwhelmed by her feelings of shock, grief, and confusion, but just as a hallway is intended to be, she walked right through it. She didn’t sit and stay forever. But, she took action and kept moving forward, keeping her eyes focused on getting to the promise keeper, who she knew could fix her situation.

Gateways

Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land. Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.” 2 Kings 8:5-6

Next, the Shunammite woman entered the gateway. She laid the boy at the man’s feet and he was resurrected. Not only was her boy alive again, but after 7 years of famine, these verses state that everything that was taken from her was given back. God not only healed her boy, but restored everything that belonged to her in the first place. Her gateway was when she received her miracle.

What miracle are you waiting on today? As you stand in the doorway, awaken what you have pushed away. You might end up in a hallway for much longer than you want. It might bring a challenge, but whatever it is, walk through the hallway and take your challenge to God. Don’t sit still, but use the hallway as a transition time of moving toward God’s answer. And when you do? There will be redemption in your gateway. God will have an abundance of blessings as he restores your situation and gives back what has been taken away from you.

I don’t know if you are in the doorway, hallway, or gateway, but God has a miracle waiting for you. He will not let anything be wasted. Know that it’s okay if you don’t understand what you are going through. You might not understand now, but some day you will. He will use your trial for his glory, so whatever you do, keep your eyes fixed on the promise keeper, the one who holds the keys to your gateway.

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19 Comments
  • Kristy
    Posted at 06:38h, 18 May Reply

    This has to be my favorite post from you thus far. My infertility support group meets this week and I can’t wait to share it. That verse from John has been with me for several years now. It’s the perfect reminder that God has it all together.

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 09:09h, 18 May Reply

    I wonder if I’m in a doorway or a hallway…I don’t feel yet like I’m at the gateway. Such a thoughtful post and it’s led me to dive deeper into the answer to that question. Thanks Caroline!

  • Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts
    Posted at 09:58h, 18 May Reply

    I love this and that you summarize it all with more encouragement. “You might not understand now, but some day you will.” I’m in such an awkward stage right now as a stay at home mom, a job I never dreamed for myself but now love. However, with two small children, personal time is limited and I have very few personal goals. My happiness is consumed mainly by the happiness and well-being of my household. I look forward to one day perservering toward my personal goals but today I am grateful for a happy, healthy house full.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 11:20h, 18 May Reply

    What a beautiful post! Just last week our life group was talking about the pain that comes when our promise seems too far off or the way we can sometimes refuse to pray when it seems like our situation keeps getting worse. It was a great life group discussion and I kind-of wish I would have had this story available during that group. What a great reminder that God holds true to his promises and gives us even more than we could have asked for.

  • Faith
    Posted at 11:46h, 18 May Reply

    Beautiful. I think I’m stuck in the hallway, unsure of which door to open. But I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

  • Aly
    Posted at 12:51h, 18 May Reply

    Seriously loved this post! As I’m chasing my dream I feel weary, but God wants me to stay excited!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 12:56h, 18 May Reply

    I thought that same thing – some times that hall way is a LONNNNGGGG hallway – kind of like those ones you see in scary movies that keeps growing as you walk 🙂 haha
    This was a beautiful post

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 13:15h, 18 May Reply

    I think we a can all relate to this women. Some tend to give up and forget that God can dream bigger dreams for us.

  • andrea
    Posted at 14:12h, 18 May Reply

    God knows more than we do – He’s got our back 🙂

  • Megan Elford
    Posted at 14:20h, 18 May Reply

    Thank you so much for these words of encouragement today! I think we’re probably in a hallway right now, just taking it one day at a time, resting in the knowledge that God knows what He is doing.

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    Posted at 15:01h, 18 May Reply

    I am bookmarking this post so I can read it again and again! LOVE THIS!

  • Joy Norman
    Posted at 17:05h, 18 May Reply

    Thanks for such encouraging words Caroline. Truly, we will receive our miracles if we enter the gateway. Jesus Christ is our gateway!

  • Allison
    Posted at 21:27h, 18 May Reply

    Oh did I need to hear this! I am in a season of change in my life-still trying to figure out this whole stay at home mom thing…I am trying to rely on Him for guidance, but posts like this help!!

  • Marie
    Posted at 03:23h, 19 May Reply

    Great reminder! We often get frustrated, because we don’t know why are certain things happening. Sometimes we just really have to stand still and let Him move.

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 08:10h, 19 May Reply

    One of my favorite posts from you! This is so rich with hope and joy and trusting in the Lord. I don’t know if I’m in the hall or gateway or doorway, but I’m trusting God for each step and it has made all the difference.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 12:16h, 19 May Reply

    What a lovely reflection – The verse from John has pulled me through many tough times. It’s very powerful

  • Amanda
    Posted at 21:09h, 19 May Reply

    So thankful that even though we don’t understand, we have the promise that some day we will. Thanks for the reminder, Caroline!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 08:06h, 22 May Reply

    This post has given me so much food for thought. I’m so happy you hit publish.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 14:31h, 02 June Reply

    After reading this post, I read 2 Kings 4:8-37 (along with the notes in our MacArthur study Bible); I can’t recall reading that since I was little and we had it in a Bible stories book (although I know I have)! (Somehow I’ve always missed 8:1-6, though!) What an incredible account. And how wonderful that if God makes a promise to us, it will always come true.

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