Open & Closed Doors

I’ve been thinking a lot about open and closed doors in our lives. Some seem to open before us without much effort and others slam shut in spite of our exhausting efforts to keep them open.

Those that we work so hard to keep open, have brought forth a new question to me: What is all this effort keeping us from?  Are we missing something God has for us because we’re trying to keep a door open in our lives that should be shut?

It does seem the only way to walk through a door our Father may be opening before us is to take our hand off the door knob of doors behind us that should be closed. Some of those things we may need to let go of, and firmly close the door to, could be as small as a bad attitude or as big as unforgiveness; as small as a bad habit or as big as an addiction; as small as problematic relationship or as big as a toxic one.

I have found myself asking God, “What are the doors that I need to close in my life so that I may walk through the door You are opening before me?”

This prayerful ruminating these past few weeks has caused me to remember a movie that came out a number of years ago called “127 Hours.” This movie chronicles the true story of a young man who fell while hiking alone in a remote area and whose arm was trapped between two rocks. He spent 127 hours trapped before he did the unthinkable…he cut off his arm to get free and save his life. What caused him to take this drastic measure was a dream he had of a young boy, his own son.  He chose to live rather than miss out on the wonderful family God had in his future.  

I haven’t been able to get this movie out of my head although it’s a bit gruesome for me to want to watch again.  But what an amazing, courageous thing to do!  At the end of the movie, this young man is pictured with his wife who he met later and the beautiful little child of promise.

When I think of the costly sacrifice this young man did to walk through the open door God wanted him to move through, the little doors I am having a hard time shutting seem utterly miniscule in comparison.

“I know what you’ve been doing. Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut. You have only a little strength, but you have obeyed My word and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:8)

Thank you, Father, that You see us. You see us! We haven’t been perfect but we have tried to follow You and have not denied Your name. You recognize that we are weary and have little strength and that’s okay with You. Your tender love reaches through our fatigue and gives us hope.

Out of Your great love, You have placed before us an open door that no one can shut! Open our eyes that we would be able to see it. Don't let fear or complacency keep us from courageously stepping across that threshold and into our destiny in You.