The elevator door opened and I grabbed my grandson’s hand.
I’d noticed the doors were opening and closing quickly on this particular elevator all weekend long.
It took me back to a time when my youngest was about 9 years old.
We were at a museum and he hopped on the elevator ahead of the rest of us, and the doors shut before we got on.
He had the wisdom to get off at the very next floor and wait.
As I entered the elevator seconds after him, I too jumped off at the next floor and with relief in every bone of my being hugged him and scolded him all at the same time!
I didn’t want to be put in that situation again, especially with my 3 year old grandson!
The lesson I’m learning is that just because a door opens does not mean that we are to enter.
God indeed opens doors and gives us opportunities, but there are also doors that are open that are not necessarily meant for us to walk through.
I don’t enter a strangers house, even it the door is wide open.
I recently needed to pray about an opportunity that was given to me.
It was a door that was opened to me and if I chose, I could walk through it.
I don’t know what the outcome would have been if I had chosen to walk through it. It might have turned out just fine (as did my son in the elevator),
But after much prayer and counsel,
I’ve decided to not walk through the door.
There will hopefully be other opportunities and doors that open in the future,
But this one is not for me.
I agree with Suzanne Eller in her book “Come With Me”.
“What we learned during that season is that closed doors are not always from God. Certainly there are times that a closed door is an answer to prayer, but sometimes a closed door is just a closed door. Other times it’s a direct attack of the enemy, who doesn’t want you to go where Jesus is leading.”
I’d add to her thinking that sometime an open door is just an open door.
I have a pesky bird that daily bangs into my glass window.
She has her nest set in the tree next to that window and she knocks and she knocks and she knocks.
I’m sure if I opened the window, she would fly in, but I certainly would not welcome her!
I think it’s not so much about if the door is open or closed, but rather it’s about the process. God wants involved in our day-to-day choices.
He desires us to seek Him…
To let Him grasp our hand prior to going through the door.
One of the best questions we can ask is
“Are you in this God”?
The process of praying and inviting God into our choices, our doubts, our fears, our failures, our discouragements, our disappointments, our lives…
That’s what it’s about.
The most important door to walk through and open is the one that invites Him to do so.
“Behold, I stand at the door and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with Him, and he with me.”