A friend gave me this heavy, wooden door, taken from her grandparents' empty home.
Only a few days before bulldozers did their work of subdivision development,
we walked through mostly-empty rooms searching for
useful bits of an old life that could fit in the back of her truck.
Last summer, it made the perfect backdrop for my butterfly bush.
This year it brings sunshiny-yellow charm to my shade garden.
And a bat lives behind it.
Do you pray for open and closed doors? It's a recurring theme over here.
Every time I pass it, my friend's door reminds me of these powerful prayer verses.
"A huge door of opportunity for good work has opened ..."
" ... a door was opened for me in the Lord ..."
"... opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open ..."
I don't know about you, but I've tried to break down a few doors and walked
away pretty bruised from the effort.
By the same token, I've tried to slam a few that keep creaking open again.
It's good news that a loving Father is in charge of opening and closing the
right doors for me. So ... if He holds the keys, then what's my job?
I've got to be ready to walk through open doors
willing to walk away from closed doors.
I can't be obsessed with a locked door, peeking through the keyhole,
And walking away from a closed door is just as challenging as working up the nerve
to cross the threshold of an open one. The cool breeze of the unknown in my face
isn't always exhilarating—sometimes it's downright terrifying!
Walking through and walking away both require one thing:
Confidence that what's behind a locked door is really, really not good for me and
certainty that whatever waits beyond an empty threshold is His very best.
What doors are you dealing with today?
Lord, thank you for holding the keys to every door in my life. Help me recognize and walk away from the doors You close. Give me Your courage to walk through the doors You open, into the future planned for me. My trust is always and only in You.