We all go through experiences in life that we would rather not repeat. The death of a loved one, a surprising and painful rejection, a financial crisis. We get through it and close the door on it behind us, hoping it never opens again. Sometimes we shut the door of the experience while we’re in the midst of it in order to try and shut out the pain.
God is in every experience, every situation. He’s there to help us through it and to comfort us. The problem with closing the door on an experience is that while we’re trying to block the pain and the unpleasantness, we shut God out.
We rarely remember that God is bigger than our circumstances and we hardly believe it and we miss out on so much. There is more that God could do for us if only we would open the door and let Him.
We don’t realize that a door serves two purposes – it keeps out and it keeps in. When we close the door on our unpleasant experiences, thinking that we’re shutting out the pain, we’re really shutting the pain (and ourselves) in. We close the door of our heart to keep the pain out, but while we think our heart is closed to the pain, it’s also closed to God’s healing comfort and love. We need to open the door to let the pain out and to allow God in. There has to be a trade, a conscious stepping over the threshold from the pain to the God who longs to help us.
We need to open the door of our heart and step into God’s presence.
Open the door out of loneliness and into God’s companionship.
Open the door out of grief and into God’s comfort.
Open the door out of the pain of rejection and into God’s acceptance.
Open the door out of bitterness and into God’s forgiveness.
Open the door out of fear and into God’s encouragement.
Open the door out of emptiness and into God’s fullness.
Open the door out of lack and into God’s abundance of blessing.
Open the door out of discontent and into God’s contentment.
Open the door out of guilt and self-loathing and into God’s unconditional love.