The Thing About Locked, Closed Doors

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens, no one will shut; and what He shuts, no one will open.Revelation 3:7

So today I locked myself out of my car and my mom’s house. Tragic. Of course it came to me to write about it. Here I was, baby covered by a blanket, my junk bag purse, diaper bag, and a cup of water. My hands were too full to call anyone but fortunately I have an Apple watch so I could call my mom and my best friend. My mom got home in 5 minutes. I had plans that I instantly rescheduled and rearranged.

But when I had time to sit down and catch my breath about 2 hours later, I thought about how we sometimes force things that have been locked and closed. For example, we dig up in the recesses of our phone history or Facebook messages the name and phone number of an ex or old friendship — any ship that has set sail will do. And then what happens? We fall back into the same thing we had been delivered from. We wonder why we stopped talking to that person or changed our number and life has a way of quickly reminding us. We prayed asking God to deliver us from a relationship and when He does, when He closes the door, we are happy and throwing up a praise.

So why do we quickly forget? Why do we lose sight of what life was like when we were in sin, or in a messy situation? I don’t know why and I wish I did. Wait, perhaps it is how the situation makes us feel at first, the false warm fuzzies we get, the false sense of love and how our eyes have been distorted to view the situation as something that is desirable.

All of this to say, be vigilant and pay attention to the situations you are in, even if the people are not the same. Don’t be afraid to ask God for wisdom and insight so that you can truly see things for what they are. Don’t let how good it feels disillusion you to the truth! It’s easy to get into "locked, closed doors" if you are determined enough. The enemy doesn’t want you to be happy, so he will make it look so appealing, so desirable, that you lose sight of the markers along the way that are telling you to run!

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