January 22nd, 2018.

I have one very amazing brother, our last born- Caleb, he has a way of making everyone laugh. Through him I have learned and grown to be responsible too. When he was still really young he loved to play in the rain, immediately he feels the first drops of rain, he would swiftly move out of the house and you would have to brace yourself right, because its running time! As much as he appeared really happy in the rain you would not allow him to be in it with knowledge of its implications, so I now knew in every rainy morning, I would lock the house and he would wake up to Locked doors. He would of course cry to see if I would sympathize with him and allow him play, but unmoved by his crying, I would comfortably go on with my other activities, when the rains go down I would comfortably let him play.
Well, my brother was unaware of the possible dangers of playing in the rain, even when I explained he was clearly convinced I do not really understand the joy he would get in the process, he saw the locked door as a way of stopping him from being happy!

As Christians, in this journey of life we have had our own closed doors, we don’t behave differently. Have you ever had a season where everything you tried did not work? When things that you were counting on did not materialize? When relationships that had always been there for you, were taken away? Where the responsibility of leadership was painfully real?
Ever have a door slammed in your face? Not just gently closed, but all-out slammed?
In no uncertain terms, it said, “You’re not welcome here. You don’t belong. We don’t want you.” You have gone for that interview and they just cannot pick you, even when you felt you deserved it? It hurts, doesn’t it? Especially if that was the door you really, really wanted to walk through.
Perhaps you’ve prayed for months (or years) for a child, a husband, a wife, a promotion, an invitation. You picture your life with the object of your prayers and it looks GOOD. Fulfilling. Right,but the doors, oops! They start closing, one after another! You knock on one, then the next, each time hoping THIS is the one, You know go for that interview and even go thanking God even if the former company did not hire you, you thank him for this next one, the deal is even better, but….! Door closed too. You develop a relationship and just as you go on with plans to settle down, the other party just walks out?(hurtful huh!)
In the past one year I have had a number of transitions, especially into the job market and trying to manage life after campus, settling down and my circle of friends too in similar situations. It has been the most fulfilling moment in my life, God has had a beautiful way of shedding off some of the desires I had for myself as I was exiting campus especially through Closed doors. I have satisfaction in Him most when He has given me that gift, just like my baby brother,I would not be able to understand why he has had some doors locked. Later I have looked back and thanked him for locking them, like I was protecting my brother, God has sometimes graciously protected me from what I never thought was harmful.
That does not mean I have not complained, but I have learned worthwhile lessons in the event of receiving this gift of receiving this gift of a closed door.
1. I need to understand who is my Father! “Really? That’s It?” Yes. The simplicity of knowing Whose you are and who you are changes your life. You live from a different identity and perspective. Your true identity helps you move forward when life is not working out like you planned – when life squeezes you hard. Points in time we have to remind ourselves important parts of scripture and allow them minister to our hearts:
“I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
“You were bought at a price .” (I Corinthians 6:20)
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life .” (Job 33:4)
You belong to God. He is your Father! Yees!
2. Closed doors are an evidence that a loving God is ordering the circumstances of our lives for our good.
God has a plan for your life and it is good. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)
**No good plan of God’s can be thwarted . Job said, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
***God can use what appears to be bad for good. Joseph is a classic example. Despite being kidnapped, envied by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, stripped of his job (and his robe), thrown in jail, and forgotten by a “friend,” God used Joseph to save his family and an entire nation. “You intended to harm me,” Joseph acknowledged,”but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done,” (Genesis 50:20).
****There are no mistakes in the Kingdom , (Romans 8:28). And though Romans 8:28 reminds us that “all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to his purpose,” it’s important to read the companion verse to understand the full picture: ” For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son ” (29). Much of what happens in our lives is less about God accomplishing something with us and more about accomplishing something in us.
*****Then God says “yes,” it’s because he loves us. When he says “no,” it’s because he loves us. This quote from O’Hallesby says it all. Because God loves us, he will open those doors we are to walk through and close those we should not. What a manner of Love!
When faced with a closed door and no open door in sight, it is important that we do not become discouraged and give up looking for our open door from God. It can be disappointing when the Lord closes a door on an opportunity that we were excited or hopeful for, and even more disheartening to endure the wait. When we “wait patiently for the Lord” the one thing we must never do is stop. We must keep moving!! If we remain stagnant we may miss all God has for us. Just don’t camp out at your closed door. Move!
Therefore I will endevour to always receive this precious gift with a joyful spirit under God’s grace and just trust Him for the next open door, which am certain it will be His will for me and it is always the best. So help me God!

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