If a dream seems postponed or blocked, then stop and ask yourself: “What deep desire in my heart can I pursue?” One great contribution of the Stoics is the distinction between what is in our control and what isn’t. Granted, Christians will not agree on what the Stoics place in each category. One of the great opportunities in life is to change one’s perspective. Grieve what needs to be grieved. Yet, lift your head and open your eyes to look at what you can do that would be satisfying. You never know. What you put your hands to might end up contributing to an open door down the road.
When this happened to me in the past, I asked the above question. An answer came quickly: “Write!” No matter what door opens or closes, no one can force me to stop writing, posting, publishing, etc.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Psalms 3:3).