Have you ever felt stuck or confused? Like you thought you had your whole future planned out, and then God stops you in your tracks? I’ve been there, and I am still there, waiting for God to open doors.

Last summer, I prayed and prayed that God would show me what career path He wanted me to go down. I thought for sure I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon because of my health experiences, and I even observed the surgeon that performed my surgeries at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. I strongly believed that that was the plan God had for me until a few months after. I shadowed my surgeon and his colleagues during the month of July as well as the second week in August, and around the last couple months of 2016, something turned me off from being a surgeon. I enjoyed the experience of seeing what the medical field was like and had a blast doing it, but something inside of me felt like that wasn’t the right road for me to go down anymore. I then considered being a physician’s assistant so I wouldn’t have to be in school as long as a surgeon, and once that desire went away, I thought I was going to settle with music therapy so I could correlate my musical talent into the medical field. I had all of these dreams and plans and thought God was really laying these things on my heart, but now I feel like I am waiting outside a door that has my future awaiting behind it.

Maybe you feel the same way, or maybe you are waiting on God for different reasons in your life. I want to encourage you to not give up, and don’t force things to happen that aren’t within God’s perfect timing. God knows you better than you know yourself, and He has a bigger and better plan than you do for your own life. You may be asking how to remain patient in waiting. That’s something I am still trying to learn myself. Prayer is one of the key things that I have continued to do daily. It’s not always easy, especially with the busyness of life, but it is a necessity. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom and clarity as He leads you a step closer to the doors He is going to open for you. Ask Him to put people in your life who will encourage you to keep going when you feel like you have nothing left. I am constantly seeing social media posts and hearing things from my friends and family, whether it be an inspirational quote or a Bible verse, that says that God is working for my good and to keep waiting on Him. When we are down to nothing, God is up to something. Things like that motivate me to keep trusting Him a little longer. It may take two weeks for Him to show you the way, or it may take two years. It took two years for me and my family to finally get a diagnosis to all of my health issues, but during the waiting, we kept praying and seeking God through it all. It was tough, but it was worth it because it helped us grow in our faith. In Psalm 27, David is talking about his enemies, and he was constantly talking about praising the Lord and seeking His face. In verse 14, it says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Whatever you are waiting on, be of good courage. God is our strength when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). When God opens those doors for you, be fearless and bold in the plans He has for you. Our lives are not meant to be lived for ourselves, but for Him. Forget what people say, and cling to what God says. Go all out with what He gives you to do, and use it in a way to shine the light of Jesus.

God is the potter, and we are the clay. Let Him mold and shape you into who He wants you to be. You will be better for it, and you will be blessed. It takes time to create a masterpiece, but in the end, it will turn out to be something beautiful! You are His unfinished masterpiece that He is still working on. Be patient. The doors will open soon enough.

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