Opening a New Door – When One Door Closes Another Opens
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Change — one of the words that can cause people to sweat and flee. A word that can propel someone into their future or immobilize them in fear. There are some changes that are happening in my life and in all honesty I have no clue as to what all these changes are going to look like. It is both exciting and scary with a little bit of grieving and a dash of joy all snowballed together.
During the past few weeks I have been on a rollercoaster of emotions and even though I wanted at times to get off this ride, I have held on and trusted. I have had oodles of experience with change, however that has not made me a fan of it. Sometimes I have allowed change to overwhelm me and I have lost sight of the One who can and will lead me through it. I have to remember that I am not alone and that I have a God that will walk beside me, leading the way to the next leg of my journey. I have been clinging onto the following scripture:
Isaiah 41:10 (amplified)
“Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with my righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].”
For over the past 9 years I have been working at the same job as an Addiction Counselor. My role was to minister to broken women and to help them see the love of Jesus and through that love they would start to love themselves. It was a blessing to me as I was able to witness women start a new journey towards greater health and wellness. They also were able to experience the everlasting love of the Lord. It has been such an honor to be able to be part of another persons journey towards greater healing. It’s been through this part of my life that I had felt like I was walking in my purpose.
Now my role is changing. I am no longer at the job where I had felt fulfillment and purpose. It has been a struggle to see that the job itself wasn’t my purpose, but the heart, love and outreach were. After some time of seeking the Lords direction and submitting to trust and heed His voice, I have realized that God hasn’t left me in the wilderness nor has He left me in darkness. It is through His guiding light that gives me the courage to move forward. In order to move forward into newness, I must shut the door so that another can be opened.
As I wait for Him to continue to lead and guide me I reflect on knowing the following which He has embedded deep into my heart:
Even with a mixture of emotions going through me — through it all I have tremendous peace. Trusting in God and knowing that everything will fall into place. Looking forward with anticipation and excitement to see where God will lead and what He will do. Keeping open to His leading ready to press forward. Knowing that in Him there is grace, healing, blessings and purpose. Not having everything figured out and knowing that I don’t have to have it all figured out. Surrendering and committing to follow where He leads. Knowing that I walk in grace and integrity and having no regrets. Understanding that sometimes we need to grieve in order to move ahead. Taking a leap of faith and doing it afraid.
I am grateful for the love and support of others and knowing that I made a difference. Knowing who I am and honoring myself with love. Realizing that sometimes the hardest and rockiest roads lead to the most beautiful destinations. Embracing my feelings and allowing them to flow out and not hold me captive. Realizing my worth and believing that with great courage comes great rewards. Knowing that it’s ok to take a moment to rest. Being ok with tears as they bring forth healing. Believing that Gods mercies are new every morning. Confident that abundant blessing await.
It is my hearts desire for you to know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life. In order for it to be released you may have to shut a door so that you can walk through a new one. You may have to get out of your comfort zone and walk out of familiarity to the great unknown. There may be a rollercoaster of emotions awaiting for you to sit down and enjoy the ride. It may be time to embrace the change before you instead of fleeing from it. Be rest assured that He will never lead you where His grace won’t keep you. Know that His love for you is everlasting and be confident in this:
Philippians 1:6 (amplified)
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”
Be blessed 💞💞💞