For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Thank God for closed doors! Thank God for preventing us from walking into something that would have meant us no good. I’m so thankful that God shut the door on what are now expired desires before they had a chance to produce lasting offspring in my life. Frustration, regret and life-long consequences prevented because I stepped aside and allowed God to close doors and sever relationships. I thank God for taking control of the wheel no matter how hard I wanted to follow my own path. There’s protection in closed doors. There’s a certain safety that comes from missing out on a supposed opportunity.
See, our minds change like the wind blows. One minute we love red and the next second we’re having a love affair with blue. One minute we want two kids and the next minute we want five. The great thing is, although we toss to and fro, God always remains the same. His love for us never changes. His plan and will for our lives never change. Isn’t that awesome to know? Too bad we can’t keep up with God’s level of faithfulness and consistency.
For example, in your mind your future Boaz may look a little something like a man that has dreads/beard with a certain status, education or amount of money. Eventually, at some point you may get tired of those dreads/beard and get mad when he doesn’t want to shave it all off. For some this may even interfere with them wanting to continue the relationship. (As crazy as it may sound, superficiality is real.) And God knows this. He knows that you’re going to need something with substance. He knows that whether he’s clean-shaven or happily nappy that the relationship is going to need a solid foundation. You can’t build a solid foundation on a hair style, eye color, amount of money or fashion sense even though some may try. So God keeps you waiting until you and your standards mature. He waits for you to mature so you can be prepared for the Boaz that He has chosen for you.
God does the same for us when it comes to closed doors. It doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen, it just means right now you’re not ready for it. God knows that you’re so desperate right now that you’d be willing to settle for mediocrity. But if only you’d wait on Him, you’d get all that you desire and then some. (If it’s His will.) So stop just taking what man decides is good enough for you. Some people know for themselves what they desire but are willing to give you just anything. (I could take this and run with it but I’ll save it for another day.) Remove yourself from negative circles just to say you have a friend. Block that person’s number that only texts you at a certain time with “limited” conversation. Quit making yourself so easily available for the enemy’s traps.
If God is closing a door in your life, leave it closed. Although you may not understand it, it’s not without reason. If He’s preventing you from walking through a door that’s outside of His will, why would you go back and open it? God knows what’s best for you! You may think you know but I’d rather take my chances with the man that knows the number of hairs on my head than my ever-changing mindset. I can look back at times where I prayed for God’s will to be my will and I’m so glad that in the end HIS will won out. He removed people and closed doors that turned out to be nothing but a blessing to me. Instead of settling for what I thought was my best, I can now patiently wait in great expectancy for God’s best! So can you.
God may have recently closed a door in your life. He may have removed someone from your life that you thought would be there forever or you may have missed out on “an opportunity of a lifetime!” (That’s usually how the enemy gets you.) Know that God knows what’s best for you and His closed doors are only an opportunity for the right door to be opened. And when God opens doors, no man, nay-sayer, hater, past mistakes, the enemy himself can close them!
Peace and love.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)