Open Doors

“When one door closes, another one opens…”

How many times have we heard or said these words in our lives?

Open doors are one of the things that we seem to focus on in life; in fact, it seems that it becomes a focus of many, especially when we start a new chapter.  Truthfully, it’s hard for us to imagine our lives without these doors that we speak of. We sit back and begin to wonder, “Why did this happen?” or “How did I get here?”

We begin to question why circumstances turned out the way that they did…or maybe, we wonder why it seems that we have been praying over something, asking God to do a work in our lives, and it just doesn’t seem to be turning out the way we had pictured.

This actually may be one of the greatest things in our lives that will happen; that moment when God closes a door.  One of the best gifts that God has given us is the promise of “no worries”.

With many colleges and high schools already having a graduation, and many locally soon to hold their commencement, I realized how important education is. Graduation is a benchmark moment for our lives; it marks the end of an era…the closing of a door. Graduation is one of the few things in our lives that mark the end of an era and the beginning of another one.

I remember graduating from high school and the feeling that I had the next morning knowing that I didn’t have to do that again…I was done!  And not one person could take that away from me. The same feeling came the day that I received my degree from college.

The feeling is something that is unmatched, a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling of completion, a feeling of relief; all of these leading to the opening of new doors and new opportunities in our lives. Actually, the only other time I felt that feeling in my life was the day I accepted Christ as my Savior.  That day was my Graduation from the ordinary life into the extraordinary life that God has for each of His followers.

This promise of “no worries” is found in Matthew 6:25-34:

“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (CSB)”

So, as these new chapters start to unfold in your lives, allow yourself to see that God is in control and all it takes from us to accomplish these things in our lives is to move forward with the help of a Father who gives us all we need.

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