Who remembers the game show Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall? I remember watching him as a kid. They have the new and improved version with Drew Carey, but Monty Hall was the best in my book. It was always exciting to me when contestants would choose between door one, two, or three. I always dreamed I would choose the right door with the grand prize and hopefully not the one with the donkey pulling an old cart.
We hear a lot about doors when people talk about life in general. Like when one door closes another one opens. That always sounded so cliche to me and sometimes not very true to life. I do not think about it as indoors as much as I do rooms. Walking into rooms, leaving rooms, and visiting rooms.
Many times, through life, doors open and doors close. Some are slammed in our face, and moments of anger or fear we knock doors down. We sometimes stand at a door screaming to be gain entrance. We often anticipate with much excitement what is on the other side, and we may also tremble because of the unknown. I do believe when one door closes another opens, but not quite how we envision it. There is no guarantee if the next door will open immediately. We may wait a while before another door/opportunity may be seen. That limbo period may entice us to find doors to go through that were never intended for us. Why are we so impatient and why do we rush?
Remember I stated earlier how I see it not so much as doors as I do rooms. As I was thinking about this blog this verse and scripture came to mind, John 14:2-3, In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Jesus is preparing a place for us! In the meantime, we are not alone, He is with us always. Then I thought about the Lord’s prayer. Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We have a mansion/room right here on earth when we walk with Him.
I honestly feel I have been behind the same door and in the same room for about 15 years. I often wonder, isn’t it time to move on or should I be doing something else? When I tried to move on God specifically told me no. That was about ten years ago, and it was hard to dig in and get through. I still have those days when I wonder, and most of the time it is because I feel unworthy or incapable. It really wasn’t until I started praying and thinking about this blog, and Pastor Dennis’s message last week, it hit me. It is not so much about doors but the rooms. The spiritual place where we reside with the Lord. Other believers can walk through our door and reside in our room at the Lord’s guidance, and we can do the same. We are to go and help where we are needed, and we always have our own place with Him. We can walk through a door and do nothing, or we can do something. We can manage to look busy, but is it our task or an assignment from God? God is not looking for the worthy for none of us is worthy. God will equip us for what he has asked of us, or He will send help. I cannot tell you how many have come to visit me at the exact time I needed them. I hope they can say the same about me. I pray I am of benefit to the Kingdom of God and pass through or stay if the Lord requires.
I know I have left rooms, a place of service, and waiting on the next assignment. Sometimes I left on my own accord or God has urged me on. Either way, I have learned to be careful and be still and listen. One thing we all despise is the silence and loneliness when we are in limbo, standing in the hallway so to speak waiting on God to show us the next door. The hallway time as I call it is a time to reflect and re-discover our first love. We are not alone God is all over the house, even in the hallway. Even if we got mad and slammed the door behind us, He is with us. Even when we were pushed out of the room, He is with us. Even if he guided us out, He is with us, and even if we left kicking and screaming, He is with us. The time in the hallway is precious as we wait upon Him.
Let us be mindful of the doors He holds open for us to pass through in His time, with His direction, and most of all, the time with Him in the hallway while he is preparing us to do the work in the room He has provided. No, I am not worthy, and neither am I capable on my own.
I will not choose door number one, two, or three. I will wait on Him to usher me in or out.
How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.