Our family dog Diamond, detests change. So in true fashion to her persona, when my husband received a new grill over the holidays, needless to say Diamond was not too happy about it. When it was time for her to go outside, she ran really quick pass the grill, and when it was time to return indoors, she sat at the edge of the patio, staring at the back door to our home. My mom who was visiting looked out and said, “I wonder why Diamond is just sitting and staring at the back door.” I responded, “She is waiting for the door to be opened.” As soon as my mother opened the door, Diamond moved swiftly pass the grill and directly inside. My mother laughed because one, how quickly Diamond moved, and secondly, the fact that I knew exactly why Diamond was originally immobile. Nevertheless, Diamond was modeling a valuable lesson. “What should our response be to an open door?”
Embarking upon the second week of 2016, many opportunities are floating within the atmosphere. There are fitness goals, healthy eating challenges, business and vision board strategy sessions, intents to begin a relationship (or end one) and those involving either the elimination of debt or the accumulation of wealth. Whatever your lot, its important to consider the extent to which we focus on the open door or the fear that stands idly by. Diamond’s was a grill, yet it did not stop her from moving forward. Two weeks in and the enemy has been on his grind to instill fear against moving forward in response to the visions that God has shown to us. Now is the time to hold fast to our faith, as opposed to our fear.
Fear doesn’t always manifest in the way that we anticipate. Growing up, fear always relegated itself with scary music and spooky houses. In 2016, fear has the ability to manifest in our thoughts, stifling our actions to move into a place that God has already preordained. Fear shouts that it’s not yet time, or that all the resources must be readily available. Faith whispers that God is the creator of time and that he will meet all of our needs according to his riches in glory. So, the question becomes, ‘Whose report will we believe?”
Whether or not we are able to identify or confront our fears, we still must walk through our open door, and we must do so with faith! Revelation 3:8 reads, “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” When we choose not to take advantage of what God provides, we are not exercising the trust that he desires for us to have in him, and his ability. I Corinthians 16:9 reads, “For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” We must believe that despite the opposition, God has already taken care of anyone and anything against us. And the beauty of it is that occasionally, God even requires our enemies to bless us, unbeknownst to them. For example, Diamond loves what comes off the grill, even though she doesn’t appreciate the presence of the grill. The same is true of the enemy. We may not appreciate the hinderances that he initiates, but the strength, tenacity and trust in God that ensues as a result can not be compared to the hardship that ushers us to new levels and deepened relationship with the Master.
Perhaps there is one door in particular that you purpose to walk through in 2016, or you may have several. Either way, it’s open, walk through. Nothing is stopping you. Go forth, and move quickly!