This week, I found myself facing an open door. When I say "open door" I am talking about when the opportunity to do something you've never done before or go somewhere you've never gone before presents itself. Perhaps you were aware of this door previously but it was locked and sometimes even barred. Now, you discover the door has suddenly been thrown open and you find yourself standing in front of it, anxiously peering through the doorway. Do you go through it or do you just continue residing where you are at?
We talk about longing for doors to be open and yet often when we find ourselves standing before an open door we are strangely reluctant to pass through. Often this is due to fear. Staying where we are feels safe. It is what we know. Besides, staying where we are is not risky or is it? Failure to go through the door could mean risking the loss of an experience I'd regret for the rest of my life. In fact, it could also lead to something like complacency and caused me to become stagnant. That is never a good place to be!
So, with my hand on the door, I turned my thoughts upon the One who opened the door in the first place. When I remembered that, my fears about going through the "open door" fell powerlessly to the ground. God was the One who opened the door I was standing in front of! It is impossible for Him to lead me astray! When God says "Step through the open door." I can do so in confidence. I have no need to fear for He walks through the open door with me. The God who was with me "here" will be with me "there". All He is asking me to do is follow Him wherever He leads. I step through the open door for He makes me brave.
When you wrote, "Besides, staying where we are is not risky or is it? Failure to go through the door could mean risking the loss of an experience I'd regret for the rest of my life." I thought of Noah and what it would have been like for him to walk through the open door of the Ark after all the animals had entered in already. I am guessing that he knew that what he was seeing as he went in was NOT going to be there when he came out again.
Watching the above video made we wonder if I would actually go bunji-jumping. I kind of think that would be like tempting the Lord or something. Not sure I could do it. :(
I just realized that when there is a very plain "Thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not", yet the door is open it is [b]NOT[/b] right to go through. The Bible story of Jesus being taken up onto the top of the temple is a case in point. Or when He was so hungry and the stones could have been made into bread. That was an "open door" if you will. I think that this would fall under asking God NOT to lead us into evil.
Wow, had never thought of all that before, thanks.
I do know from experience that when you know there is a best way to go, but not sure which one it is, if you ask for His leading He will direct your paths like you have never seen done before. (He also seems to enjoy doing things differently each time, maybe just to show us that He is not limited by our one-track minds?)
If the door that is open is to someplace that a Christian could ask his/her Guarding Angel to go then Go For It!
I know what you mean I always find it hard to leave a comfortable spot. But keep opneing those doors he wants you too he always with you and he will never lead you down the wrong path. You go girl god bless you.
SYIC :) Tonya
You are so right princess. Sometimes, before God opens a door for me He asks me, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" He gets me to really thinking with that question!
Wow I can totally relate to this! Thanks for sharing K! I think this is an awesome blog! I have gone through similar experiences and it is nerve racking until you finally leap and God catches you, you feel like it was worth the jump! :)