Updated: Oct 18, 2018
After 25 years, I still get mushy when my husband opens the car door for me. I am mystified when the door at Kroger opens automatically just because I step forward on a mat. I hate opening the glass door in my dining room…it’s old, gets stuck and I always break my fingernails!
Doors open in different (sometimes magical…like Kroger) ways.
An open door is an opportunity. We’re not always told what is going to be on the other side of that door once we step through. If you’re like me, you’re hoping for exciting new experiences, meeting interesting people or something FANTASTIC and WONDERFUL! However, open doors can also bring unexpected challenges. That’s not warm and fuzzy…I know.
Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10B NLT). However, He never promised that would come without hardship or trouble. But consider this: “challenges” test our faith and overcoming those challenges makes us grow stronger. Paul so “graciously” reminds us in Romans 5 that problems and trials develop endurance, character and strength in us!
Sometimes I have a hard time acknowledging that the most victorious times of my life have actually come on the other side of the hardest trials I’ve walked through. But when I take an honest look at the journey of my life…I know this to be true (Thanks, Paul!). I don’t want to admit it because I don’t want more troubles in order to have more successes! I would rather them just come easy!
I’m confident that God has open doors for you to walk through this year. However, I don’t know if you will experience the most amazing year of your life…or if you are about to walk through most difficult season you’ve ever faced. I don’t know what opportunities or challenges await you. Maybe there will be a little bit of both. But you can be confident in this…Jesus is with you. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but it’s an extremely powerful mindset. Jesus was the master of saying “believe and follow.” If we can believe that His purpose is to give us a rich and satisfying life…then as we follow Him through the doors He opens, we can trust Him…regardless of what we find on the other side.