Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Doors


A door, hope. . .

There's a show on television called, "Let's Make A Deal".  Many times the game host will show the contestant several doors or curtains.  The contestant must choose the right door to uncover the most desired gift.  Basically, chance is the object of the game.  



However, those of us who are in Christ believe the object of life is not chance,
rather God's divine plan for our lives.

The word says God is the One who opens and shuts doors.  Revelation 3:8

An open door comes with hopeful anticipation of endless possibilities. 
Likewise, it can also provoke a sense of anxiety and sometimes fear of the unknown.
Nevertheless, an open door promises change, perhaps a new road towards our life-long dreams.
We pray to the Lord for open doors, open skies.  However, what if God responds by closing the door?

Closed doors breed disappointment, hope fading, leaving us with more questions than answers.
I wish I had the answers because I've had the same questions.
In 1 Corinthians 13:12, we are taught that in this life we may not always have a clear view of things.

This is what I have learned so far.

This journey we have with God is by faith, not by sight, feelings or circumstance.
He doesn't give us specific details, but He does give us his heart.

He tells us He loves us to the point of death.
He tells us He has a plan for our lives, one not to harm us, but to give us a hope and a future.
Through Him we can do all the things He has called us to do and accept when He says "no".
Therefore, we can trust that a closed door is just as much an act of love as an open door.  
When we can't see the forest from the trees, but we have committed to trust in His love for us, 
we can still move forward even when the door has closed.  

How?

~ Surrender our plans
~ Resist bitterness
~ Follow His lead
~ Wait while we work
~ Remain in Him

What we think is most important on earth is not as important as remaining in Him.  
Perhaps this is the very reason the door remains closed.  


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