The Open Door
She reached out to turn the door knob, heading back into the house, when she heard God’s gentle whisper, “This is the open door.” It was unmistakable, and yet she wanted to refuse God’s prompting. The very prompting she had been waiting for…the very opportunity she had asked God to give her. She wanted to ignore it. But she couldn’t. It was time. It was time to speak to her ex-husband about some things that had been on her heart for so long. They were finally there, together, and alone, which rarely ever happened. God was clearly giving her the perfect opportunity to apologize for some things that had taken place so many years ago - things that were less than the godly woman she desires to be. With so much water under the bridge, she knew she needed to now cross over that bridge and offer up some humble pie…to clear the air of painful things that could keep a heart tethered to unworthiness when it’s time for the bread and the cup of remembrance.
So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
1 Corinthians 11:27-28 (NIV)
It seems when God calls us to a time of humility, it is for ourselves. He wants to free us from what is tying us to the past. God has so much waiting for us…things we would miss out on if not for humbling ourselves before Him and obeying even when everything in our flesh cries out, “NO! Not now!! I don’t want to!” As hard as it may be to obey, it is harder still not to. Those times of disobedience are the things that will eat away at us like a cancer. God so longs for us to live free of Satan’s grasp on our heart, and on our soul, if we would only listen and obey. In this situation, her ex-husband had some things to bring to the table of forgiveness also. When she opened up to him, he was not so much interested in her past transgressions towards him, as he was in his towards her. To say she was surprised might be an understatement! Both were blessed on this day in unexpected ways. He, in knowing she cared enough to admit her failings, and she, in hearing that he would have done many things differently also. Life had moved on…new marriages, children grown, and the grandchildren they share. But with a new forgiveness in their relationship, there is more enjoyment in the life they now have. The hands of time couldn’t be turned back. What had happened couldn’t be undone. But in Christ, they could freely move forward into all that God has planned for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose! (Romans 8:28)
In Searching And Noticing the Divine today, let’s all take some time to search our hearts and watch for God’s open doors, wherever and whatever they may be. When we are called to obedience, it’s usually not easy, but it’s always well worth it! There are an untold number of blessings waiting on the other side of our obedience to our Father in Heaven.