Something I’d been praying for for a long time had looked like it was coming to pass and then, it fell apart again. I went to bed discouraged and woke up with a headache.
In the morning, I laid on the couch and allowed discouragement to seep into my bones. I cried. After that, I made coffee and sat on the deck and stared straight ahead. No wind rustled in the upper branches of my maples to remind me that God was still on His throne. Silence.
After a while, a woodpecker began to collect bugs from a rotting birch tree. His knocking echoed in my still morning. Assorted bugs, awakened by the knocking, began to hum in the background. I loosely interpreted their message: “It’s alright to wallow in self-pity, you’re human, after all.”
I breath deeply the fresh air. I start counting the many shades of green visible from my seat on the deck. More than I would’ve guessed. A cicada buzzes. God knows I like that sound. He’s here in the stillness of discouragement.
Woodpecker keeps knocking, immersed in his project. It’s he who brings heaven’s message to me today –
“Keep on knocking and the door will open for you.” Matthew 7:7
If what you pray for is good, wholesome and beneficial, keep on praying. Setbacks come. They seem inevitable. Yet, God’s ear is pressed against the door, listening, waiting, yearning for the continual knock of our prayers.
“And to him who keeps on knocking the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:8
When discouragement comes, God often speaks through the setting we happen to be in at that moment. Are you discouraged? Watch and listen.