Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Just Open the Door

So many times I've wanted to move on in my life and God has told me I need to stay. So many times I’ve wanted to stay put and He’s commanded me to go somewhere else! I once told someone that I don’t really know what my “comfort zone” is because God never lets me stay there! (Of course, I do – I was just trying to illustrate how often God stretches me).

It can be hard to know what the right thing is to do when you look back in hindsight and see that God knew better than you on so many occasions. He’s done it with many of my dreams, wishes, and desires. It gets to the point where sometimes you start doubting your own heart even IF you think He’s the one leading it!

So what do you do? What do you do if you feel like you’re at a crossroads in a certain area of your life? What do you do if you don’t know whether to stay at your job or find a new one? What do you do when you’re not sure if you’re supposed to stick it out in your home or state or move on to a different one? How about your church, or a friendship?

I think I’ve discovered something in my past quests. It’s a simple motto for me. One that helps guide me when I’m seeking out God’s direction on an issue.

Just open the door.

When you’re not sure what the right thing to do is – open the door and ask God for His opinion. Start praying and seeing what He brings to you. Start thinking about the possibilities, even looking into them a bit and see what God does with that. Just open the door.

I’ve found that when I do this, when I don’t rush into anything but I’m patient and slowly start doing some research, God often shows me what it is that He wants from me. It’s not always what I want for myself, but in the journey – it’s amazing how He can transform my heart and mold it into one that ends up feeling at peace for what He has in mind for my life. But you have to open the door first.

If you don’t open the door and start asking those tough questions, how will you ever know what God’s answer was? If you don’t open the door because you were afraid of a risk, what blessings might you have missed out on? Opening the door and simply opening your mind and heart allows God to flood you with His options. It allows Him to truly work not only IN you, but around you.

We all hit spots in life where we’re just not sure whether to turn left on the road, right, go straight, or sit down for awhile. It can be perplexing, frustrating, and stressful trying to make sure you don’t screw up and that you make the RIGHT decision. If you are at this juncture in your life, stop for a minute and open the door to your heart. Open the door to your soul, to your mind, and to your future. Weigh all the options and pray about them. Then start peering down each path’s direction and seeing just what it might hold for you. If it’s the wrong way and you’re seeking God’s will – He’ll let you know and He’ll block you from going down that road. It may take a little time, but it’s worth it to know you’re heading in the right direction.

1 comment:

Barbie said...

So many times we look at a closed door as God's way of saying "no", but sometimes He just wants us to have enough faith to open the door and walk through. A great post! Thank you!


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