[A]re you waiting for a door to open? Are you waiting for God to come through for you with a particular hope or dream in your heart? I know I’m waiting for several doors to open in different areas of my life. When I walked in Capo Beach Church on Easter Sunday a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Easter Theme was “Doors.” I have found that waiting on God is where does his deepest work and cultivation in my life. Read on…
I’d like to share with you a few encouraging words about doors, waiting on God and grace. This was written by Peter John Courson, the teaching pastor at Capo Beach Church, who has had a particularly difficult challenge battling Crohn’s disease the past several months. Peter John shares keen insights on that heavy waiting period in the hallway as we wait for a new door to open. I think you’ll be encouraged by what he has to say…
Doors. For every one God closes, He opens another. So goes the modern proverb. While it may be true that God opens a new door for each old door that He closes, I have found that it is not so much the doors that He opens, nor even the ones He closes, that test my faith. In fact, it is not primarily the doors at all. It is the in-between times. It is the waiting period. It is the holding patten we find ourselves in as we see one door close, while waiting for another to open. In other words, the closed doors in our life may be disappointing, but in my experience it is the hallways that are hell (ironic since I am texting this from my hospital bed, waiting for test results).
Imagine what kind of thud that one ton circular stone would have made as it was rolled over the room that entombed the freshly crucified body of Jesus. Talk about a closed door! Yet, the Bible says that when the women came to the tomb that Sunday morning to further fragrance Jesus’ body for final burial, their worry turned to wonder as they realized that “the stone had already been rolled away.” See, they had no idea how they were going to deal with that closed door in order to reach the body of Jesus, but when they got to where they were going, they found their worry was all for naught. The tomb was empty, the body no longer in it, for Jesus had risen! And that closed door, the stone sealed by Rome that had seemingly sealed their fate (and Christ’s), it was already rolled away when they got there.
I don’t know what doors have recently slammed shut in your life. The stone that entombs some hope, dream, goal or source of joy echoes a resounding thud of disappointment. A doctor’s report, a court order, a Dear John letter. In the meantime, you are faith-ing, choosing to trust that another door will open in place of the one just shut. While in that “meantime”, you are in the hallway of waiting, wondering, and maybe worrying. Once you get to where you are going, the place of an open door, a fresh start, an answered prayer, you will find that it won’t be opened due to your ability to manipulate or achieve or make it happen. No, it will already be opened.
That, my friends, is Grace.
It will be God’s unearned, undeserved, unconditional, unconventional love and favor in your life that will transform your worry into wonder. (Click here if you’d like to Tweet this.)
It will blow your mind! Grace!!!! That is how the mountain will be moved (Zechariah 4:6-8).
Even now, from this hospital room, I am discovering that the hallway of waiting and wondering for reports, diagnosis and treatment for Crohns’ disease is where I see God’s grace.
Grace to see me through until the next door opens.
(Note: Thankfully, Peter John was released from the hospital right before Easter…a door was opened!)
Questions: What door had recently been closed or opened in your life? Are you waiting in the hallway? How do find God’s grace to be sufficient as you waitiing?
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