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.