“When God closes a door, He opens a window!”
Ever heard that? It always bugged me when people said that because it was as if they thought God sneaks us out a side window, the backdoor, or through the attic and onto the roof for a jump ….
What I think is that we are facing the wrong path, which is the side window, the backdoor, the attic; and God is closing all exits but the front door. We are turned around, not Him. We place God where we want Him and tell Him that is the door.
When Phil lost his job through the buyout of his company, God shut a door. We did not shut it, God did. Through the past three years as Phil has looked for work and been interviewed we have asked God to show us His path. Each time the door has shut. Sometimes there is NOT another way out because God has not opened the front door YET. Sometimes you stay where you are and WAIT. We do not wait well as humans. We are impatient. We want our fingers in the pie and we want to stir the pot. God has plans for our lives and if we allow Him to direct our path, then IN HIS TIME He will show us the front door.
Waiting on Him is the hardest part. Three years seems forever to us, but, considering it was over 2000 years ago He promised to return, well … three years is nothing in the light of eternity.
Are you faced with choices? Are your children needing direction? Tell them to BE STILL and WAIT on Him. Accept WAITING and enduring as lessons of patience and character growth. It is not always what we think, feel or want. However, when we do wait and He closes all the doors, windows, and steps to the attic … the front door will be in front of us and it will be opened in His time.
Psalm 46:10 (HCSB)“Stop—and know that I am God,exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB) “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it.”
Psalm 37:4 (HCSB)“Take delight in the LORD,and He will give you your heart’s desires.”
When we are willing to allow Him to have His will …. “Lord, help me to delight myself in You.”
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Renee, I truly admire your courage and your resolute and steadfast trust in God. Your faith is boundless and I pray that the door to your path will be opened soon.