But WHY is HE featured here?
Because he taught me an invaluable lesson yesterday…and I finally “GOT IT”.
So just what did DJ teach me?
It’s so simple it took the uncluttered, creative mind of a 1 1/2 year old to teach it to me…and a bit longer for me to FINALLY understand it.
At his age, he’s always exploring. He loves to check out new things, try new things, and (sometimes) push things to the limits. And that’s okay…because, after all, that’s what a child does…so nothing revealing there. But what he has been doing lately is this…if he sees a door WIDE OPEN, he’ll walk through it…BUT…if it’s only cracked a bit…he slams it shut.
Now WHY is THAT so important…and what did that teach me?
Here’s what this young superstar taught me…
- If the “door’s OPEN“…go through it.
- If it’s not open (or only barely open because I’m trying to convince myself it still IS open…by seeing it as “cracked“)…consider it SHUT…just close it and move on.
That’s what DJ does. If he sees a door ajar…he will make a bee-line to it and shuts it…doesn’t even try to open it…just shut it with no regard to what’s on the other side…and move on.
But me? No…that’s not me. I seem to have a hard time doing that. Many times (if not MOST times)…I want to keep it open (thinking there’s still a glimmer of hope there…even after it’s been slammed in my face several times…there must still be some hope there). I want to peek behind the door in hopes that something interesting is there (or still there). And I must admit…when I’ve done this…and I’ve walked through “those cracked doors” (that really should be considered “closed”)…it has ALWAYS been a mistake. I can specifically name the times I’ve done this (but won’t here)…all leading to a less than desired result. But thanks my boy…I think I finally got it…LESSON LEARNED! Thanks little buddy!
Now…unlike DJ’s young world…my doors are not physical doors…my doors are the OPPORTUNITIES that come along in life.
I’ve heard many Christians talk about the Lord “opening” and “closing” doors (yes…I’ve done it too)…and for many it’s become quite cliché. But here’s the thing…it’s almost impossible to really say at the moment a door opens or closes whether it was God who did the opening or closing. So I believe this really should rank low on our list of ways of knowing the will of God.
In most conversations…when we speak of a door…we’re talking about an entrance into something…a portal. But, in reality what we’re seeking (and should be speaking of) is what Paul calls a “great and effectual” door (see Scripture below)…we’re looking for an entrance into a great opportunity.
1 Corinthians 16:9 (NKJV)
9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
In life…MANY doors open and close…they have little or no importance to us…but we aren’t looking for just any door. What we’re looking for is a door of opportunity. So what we need to do is forget the door (that entrance into somewhere)…and focus on the opportunity…a chance to do good or even great things.
In seeing a door open, perhaps you should ask…Is there an opportunity in this door opening?
In seeing a door close, maybe you should ask…Is there a help to be had in this door closing in that it moves me along to where a door of opportunity may be about to open?
Easy to say…harder to do. It takes great discernment to know if it’s just a door doing what doors do (open and close)…or if it’s a “great and effective door” that’s opening up an opportunity. So how can we tell the difference?
We need to seek the Lord and His guidance (by His Spirit). We are to hear His voice whisper to our hearts which way to go…and take His scriptural promises seriously. For example…as the Lord declared through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 30:21): “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.” The Bible doesn’t spell out every detail…but it does give us boundary lines and guidelines. And what we do between those lines (what we do in the zone)…Paul says we should…”Let peace act as umpire!”
Consider these thoughts…
- There are some that say “Opportunity only knocks once.” Well…I don’t believe that to be entirely true. I believe there are opportunities that will arise and present themselves more than once.
- There are some that say “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” I also believe this is not entirely true…many times God closes a door and that’s it…it’s simply closed.
- There are some doors that will open, then close, only to open again…opportunities that re-present themselves…in effect, giving us another chance to take advantage of an opportunity.
- There are times God sees the need to close a door (eliminate the opportunity) because He wants us to change the focus of our direction or action.
So here’s my challenge to you all….
What’s going on in your life right now?
Are there any OPPORTUNITIES you need to be taking advantage of (doors you should go through)?
Are there any opportunities you should walk away from (consider the door closed)…even if that thought is uncomfortable?
Just something to think about.
I know what God’s doing in my life right now…the doors (opportunities) he’s opening and closing in my life’s journey…perhaps one day I’ll feel compelled to share…in hopes that it will help you along in your journey too.
That’s what I got for today…
God Bless…and thanks for reading along!!!
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Ironbridge Baptist Church