7 Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks: 8 “I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough. Revelations 3:7-8. The Message
In All The Places To Go, John Ortberg defines an open door as "symbolic of boundless opportunities. Of unlimited chances to do something worthwhile, of grand openings into new and unknown adventures of significant living; of heretofore unimagined chances to do good, to make our lives count for eternity.
An open door is the great adventure of life because it means the possibility of being useful to God. The offer of it and our response to it, is what lies ahead for each of us."
My husband and I have talked of nothing else it seems since a well known pastor spoke a word of encouragement to him about an open door coming into his life. It is a word of life for him because he is ready to do something different. To begin anew on the great adventures of life.
The hard part it seems is when life's adversities try to tell you something opposite of "new" things. Health issues, economic downturns, life's responsibilities that seem to increase on a daily basis.
Rest in the knowledge that a wonderful God has this for you. He is a designer and designed you for all the good things coming to you and your loved ones.
Praise Him while you are waiting. There is nothing more comforting and reassuring than being thankful for what He has already done.
Believe and trust that His promises are yes and amen. What I mean by that is if you read a scripture that "speaks" to you. Or if there is a running theme to the words people are speaking to you than know that God is telling you "this is the way, now walk in it."
Personally, I know from experience that God does not always call us to the easy path. In fact it tends to be a bit rocky. With many bends, shadows ...all the more reason to lean on Him. At times very lonely.
The thing is ~He is just ahead that bend in the road. Calling out your name, walking beside you through the shadows, carrying you over the impasses.
My latest adventure ~ adding romance to my novel. Ha! Just yesterday while I was shopping for a bathing suit for my teen daughter she pointed to a feminine nightgown. "Hey mom, why don't you get that?" Laughing of course.
We laugh most of the time. But ouch.
Somewhere along the way over the years through the endless diaper changes, soccer games, art lessons, homework, doctors visits, teen boy drama I've lost my way. Now I wonder, did I ever have it? I've gone from spending hours on getting ready for dates with my hubby to wearing t-shirts and yoga pants everyday. Can you relate?
Well, I've resisted entering this open door long enough. Here goes and I'll see you on the back side.
Oh and on our shopping trip, I did get a pair of cute sneakers instead of the practical It's a start ;-)
Putting on my new shoes and walking through that door...