The office where I work is in the same building as some federal offices. They are not open. And there are more than enough signs on the doors entering the building and their office door that you would know that. Yet yesterday I watched a man come inside the building and attempt to go in that door. The office is dark and the door would not open and again, the signs were there. But he kept trying to go in. Finally, he turned and left. I’m not sure if he ever read the signs. He looked rather perplexed.
God gives us signs all the time. Some signs are prophetic – foretelling something in the future. Other signs are for this moment. We have a choice to read and heed – for His signs are important for us. When He closes a door it’s in our best interest to keep that door closed. It’s imperative that we trust Him. No matter what.
Oh beloved, what door are you pushing against? Are you frustrated that it is closed? Are you perplexed? Are you stunned and confused? That door was open and now it’s tightly shut. You still want that door open. How do you move on? How can any of us learn to trust God in times like these? I understand. There are moments I grieve for something that was. But I cannot afford to camp out there. I can’t afford to let my feelings overrun my life. Neither can you. We must learn when to turn and leave. Move on. But we don’t have to just move on with fatalistic resignation. You beloved, have been put here on earth for a reason in Christ. That reason is your open door. That reason is your breath and life.
God wants you to know that you face no closed door alone. It isn’t just you and your disappointments. God is with you wherever you go. Your ability to cope is set in Christ. Your opportunity to praise Him for open doors is also set in Christ. Even your chance to move to another door is firmly implanted in your relationship with Jesus. It’s okay to mourn and it’s okay to wonder. But as you thank Him for closed doors, it opens the wisdom of heaven into your heart and mind. Muddled confused thinking has to flee. You aren’t destined to live in the regrets, disappointments and fears of life. You are destined to give thanks in all things and go forth with joy in the life God is leading you to live.
God loves you and He’s for you. Thank Him for every opportunity He gives you. Thank Him when the door seems so tightly shut. Thank Him for allowing you to abide in Him through it all. And live, beloved, free from despair as you walk in the Light of His Glorious and Best plans for you.
Psalm 112: 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Psalm 57: 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Exodus 33: 15 Then he said to Him, If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.
Hebrews 3: 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.