Its has often been said, “when one door closes another one opens”. While “others” say, “when one door closes, a window opens”. So what happens when a door opens? Does one instinctively go through it? Is one cautious and pensive all-the-while staring in doubt that the door is actually open?
Are there particular feelings that come when you walk through that door? Is there joy? Trepidation? A sense of freedom? A sense of accomplishment? Is it really about the door or about the One who opened it in the first place?
Journey with me, won’t you? I’ve gone through many doors in the past four-plus decades. Some because I shoved them open – most of which didn’t end well. Some doors were open when I found myself in a particular season of life. I stood in front of some doors hoping and praying they would open at any moment. Some doors were open right in front of my eyes and I couldn’t see them. Probably because it was a door I wouldn’t have picked. I learned to trust in God’s timing. I learned to listen to and then obey how and where the Holy Spirit was leading me. Yet, I would sometimes think to myself, “was this door opened by God, or not?”.
You see, I understand that God is Sovereign in my life. He loves me, I matter to Him. I’m passionate about a deep intimate relationship with Him. So I choose to sit as His feet and glean from every Word He pours out from His Book, the Holy Bible. That is the first door I open each day. I take a step into an intimate relationship with Jesus everytime I open it. It is a door that opens me up to a world that, by some, is quickly forgotten between Sundays. From Genesis to Revelation – the Creation, the Fall, the Redemption through Jesus Christ, and God’s ongoing Restorative work. Its all in there, behind the door, inside the covers of the Great Book. It’s there where I find the answers to the many questions that brew in my heart along the way. I choose to walk through that door because I want to grow to be more like Him. A few decades ago, when I was a teenage girl, I heard Jesus knocking on the door of my heart. I answered and let Him in to have control over my life. Since then He has shown me door after door after door hidden in the stories that fill His Book….the possibilites have been endless.
How about you? Has he been knocking on the door of your heart? Will you answer Him? When was the last time you picked up The Bible and spent some time discovering Jesus?
God has a plan for you. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.
I don’t know if you see it, but there are a lot of “doors” in that passage alone. Hope. Future. Prayer. All with the promise of finding God!!
Many people have asked me how I got to be where I am in my life (as much as I sense a compliment in that question, I just believe I am on MY journey….not anyone elses). Many have also said, “they could never hear the LORD the way I do”. Again, sensing another compliment, but left thinking that EVERYONE who professes to be a follower of Christ can have such an initmate relationship with Him. I know I am NOT unique.
Years ago, a mentor shared a guideline that she followed. The acronym is FAT.
F – stands for FAITHFUL. Staying the course. Putting one foot in front of the other. Doing as you should even when you don’t feel like it. Thankfully, we serve a God who will ALWAYS be faithful. We need not worry about His end of the deal.
A – stands for AVAILABLE. Having margin in your life. Unlike the days where our schedules are so full that if a feather fell on our heads we’d collapse. Making room on your full plate. What are the things you are carrying that you don’t need to? Often we pray to receive from God what we think we want or need and we wonder why we aren’t getting it. Maybe there is no room in our hands. Perhaps you’re doing work that someone else is capable of doing, or responsible for? (Hey, busy moms, several women have shared lately that they find it hard to get through the many tasks of the day. My question to them has been “can the kids help out with age-appropriate tasks so you can find some extra minutes in your day to do what God has laid on your heart?”).
T – stands for TEACHABLE. How open is your heart to learn new things? Perhaps learning old things in a new way. What is it that God wants you to learn through the situations that touch your life? Are you willing to surrender what you need to in order to be who God wants you to be?
As I shared this with a friend recently, she responded with the following. “We know we are not FAT when we let our EGO get in the way”. She then told me what EGO stood for.
EGO = Edging God Out. Yikes….definitely NOT the way I want to live my life.
How about you…..
Will this be the year you go through a door to become faithful, available, teachable OR will you let your ego get in the way?