To this very day our family has a saying that is always
sarcastically said when someone accidentally leaves the door open, “What were you, born in a barn?”
Open doors makes me think about a place that our family is at right now. We are in the midst of making a decision for my son’s homeschooling geometry class, and I cannot determine yet what direction to go.
This leads me to remember our former life apart from Jesus. We didn’t even know about ‘open doors’ and ‘closed doors’ and what ‘being led by the Spirit of God’ meant. My heart is overcome with praise at this very moment that Christ has revealed this part of Himself to us, for it is a great and precious gift to be led by the Spirit of the Lord, Himself.
I just happened across a devotion the other day on “How Can We follow the Spirit?” It suggested many ways, but first and foremost remain watchful, and be ready to obey as soon as directed. One way we can know His leading is by meeting a need placed in front of us that we can fulfill. It could be repeated encouragement from different people to join a God-pleasing group or activity. It could be someone who asks for help. Perhaps it is a burden that God places on your heart, and sometimes it is a closed door you may have planned to enter. Those are just some of the ways God leads His children.
Right now we are standing at a crossroads. We have 2 clear doors in front of us. Both are there, but we’re not sure which one Jesus wants us to walk through.
This is the hardest part.
The waiting for his clear direction.
My flesh wants to make a decision and proceed.
But Jesus says wait.
The decision is His.
Thinking of that sarcastic question, “What were you, born in a barn?” reminds me that God came down to us, born as a baby, laid in a manger. Jesus was born in a barn, and His subsequent perfect life, death on a cross for our sin, and coming back alive again provides the open door to Heaven for those who believe.
“Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches… The one who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens [a door] that no one can shut, and who shuts [a door] that no one can open, says: I know what you have done. See, I have opened a door in front of you that no one can shut.” Revelelation 3:7-8
Oh Jesus, thank you, thank you, thank you for leading us through this dark world. Thank you that we don’t have to go it alone, but rather, you desire to be with us every inch of the way, being The Light in the dark. Your word is a precious guide to us. Thank you for opening my blind eyes to see You leading me, opening the doors and closing them when need be. You are a good God. Amen.