Stairways that lead to the ceiling. Doors that open to blank walls. Literally miles of secret passages that lead nowhere.
In total, the Sara Winchester house is a seven-story, 160-room Victorian mansion that covers six acres—all built without a blueprint! Why? Sara Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Company, routinely consulted with spiritists and mediums. One of these, upon whom she particularly depended, advised her that the she would not die as long as she continued building her home. So, beginning in 1884, Sara Winchester began her “life-saving” project and continued for thirty-eight years. But it didn’t keep her from dying. By the time of her death came in 1922, at the age of eighty-five, she had spent $5.5 million on a hodge-podge of connected buildings with its 2,000 doors and 10,000 windows—many of which serve no purpose.
But that is not the way God designs our lives. God begins with a blueprint conceived in infinite love and wisdom. There may be times when it seems God has led us to a dead end. But “whenever God closes a door He somewhere opens a window.” God has a plan for our lives and has already authored our life’s novel. We do not yet know how the story will end. But God is the greatest writer and by the final chapter he will most certainly bring meaning to all those “dead ends” and “detours” we have experienced along the way.
In the Scripture we read, “Oh, the depth of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who became His counselor? … For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.” (Rom. 11:33–34, 36).
Dear Father in heaven, this day and always I entrust my life, my future and my destiny in your hands. Please guide and direct my steps and please bring meaning to all the parts of my life. Amen.