I read a lot these days, mainly the Bible, but I love to read testimonies. Testimonies on Faith in action, Faith to believe against the odds. against populous opinion, and against self doubt.
One particular story I was reading, I though I was reading my own testimony, but it wasn’t but it went something like this:
Years and years ago, every door in my life seemed to slam shut. What a feeling of failure had come over me. looking back, I realized that God was holding me safely in His arms even though i just wanted to have an all in self pity-party, complete with all the party trimmings.Then when I thought all doors were closed, I started banging on a few. Then God told me to, ‘Stop banging on closed doors and begin to walk through the ones He opens. I was not convinced that, that was coming from God, because to me, open doors meant acceptance and success, so closed ones meant rejection and failure.
But you come to realize that the same loving hand that opens doors, also closes them sometimes. There is a difference between when the enemy is trying to slam the doors on your dreams, prayer would take care of that, and when the All-Wise God closes them, we must accept that.
When certain assignments and associations are over, we have to let them go and start walking through the door of fresh purpose and new relationship
We can take a lesson from The Father of Faith Abraham. [ Genesis 21 verse 8} Abraham rejoiced when Isaac was born, but he threw a feast when he was weaned. Why don’t we all start moving in that direction today. and let our lives be moved in and by the Holy Spirit. Our Lord and Our Friend wants to wean us from immaturity, self-centredness and self doubt. Sometimes on our journey through life, it is hard to take closed doors, but if only we could see what is waiting for us on the other side of the door, we would release the past, rejoice in the present, and start running towards the future.
Our faith journey through life may take some strange twist, but the Author of that journey will never leave us or forsake us, and doors that He may open and close on our journey, may make us feel uneasy at times
Remember the wonderful promise in Jeremiah 29 verse 11:
“‘For I know the plans i have for you’— this is the Lord’s declaration—‘plans for your welfare, not disaster, to give you a future and a hope’.”
i learn t not to bang on doors, but to wait on the Holy Spirit’s leading and go through the doors He opens before me.
O F J.