When One Door Closes….
When one door closes another door opens, this is a saying I have heard all my life but I have thought more about the words recently. This is the week of Thanksgiving, we should step back and look at the past year praising God for all we have to be thankful for. This year I have thanked Him in a different way, I have given Him thanks for all answered prayers whether it was an opened door or a closed door. He has been faithful. Sometimes we struggle with this concept, did I open the door? Did God close the door? It goes on and on.
Seems like we have seen many open and closed doors in recent months but the Lord has been there through each one, this I am thankful for. Just as Deuteronomy 31:8 says The Lord goes before us and He will be with you and not fail you.
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
This is a verse to always keep close to your heart for it is true no matter what you are faced with in life. Many times I refer back to this verse as a prayer, but I find it to be more of a reminder that He is our Father and He love us.
So now that its thanksgiving I thought I would share a few of those answered prayers or in this case opened and closed doors.
The first answered prayer has been both an opened and closed door. Christy and I had been in prayer for several months for a new apartment for many reasons, we were looking at a closing door never thinking a new door would open and what an impact it would have on our family. For two months now we have been in a new apartment, we are settled, and we see everything in a new light. Our old apartment was perfect for the season we were in, but that season ended and we had to move on. The apartment was on the first door surrounded by trees and the taller apartment blocks leaving no light to enter the windows each day. After many months this lack natural light had effected all of us and we did not recognize the problem. We truly loved our old apartment, we had developed many relationships unlike the previous apartment and we knew the Lord had us there for a reason, but we also knew our time was over and the door was closing. Praise the Lord for closing the door to the old apartment and opening a new door to an apartment filled with light in which we all soaked up very rapidly. Sometimes you must close doors, then pray and trust in Him for He will open a new door.
Another opened door or answered prayer has been the recent baptisms at Rock of Ages Church in Panasesti. Several weeks ago there were four new believers that were baptized at the church. Seeing their baptisms is a huge encourage to me, but also to the entire church along with the village. Their baptisms have reignited the light of the church and that light is shining bright for all to see. It is amazing to see the church grow by four but also amazing to watch how the new believers are growing in their walk with the Lord. The process of baptism is not the same as it is in the States or what we may be accustom too. Neither is wrong only different cultures doing it different ways. Sometimes I feel baptism in Moldova is more valued than in a western church. These newly baptized believers are excited and looking for ways to invest more in the church both on Sundays and through the week. The timing of these baptisms has sparked a type of revival among the leaders to help the church grow and reach the lost community of Panasesti, there may be a church in the village but not all have heard the Gospel so we have more evangelizing to do. Please pray for these new believers as they search for their doors of opportunity to opened so that they can be examples of Jesus to the lost in Panasesti.
Another open door has been Maria. When Christy meet Maria this summer she was a very sick little girl. Some days she would enjoy a few hours of the fun at camp, but most of her time was spent in the bed beside the nurse. She was experienceing extreme head aches, fevers, chills, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, and vomiting. As it turned out Maria was seen by a doctor in Chisinau and under went many test. She was later diagnosed with brain cancer. The doctors told her mom to prepare for a funeral. As the doctors begin to close the door in Maria’s life God begin to open it. God not only has seen fit for Maria to have more time here on earth He has opened a door for our family and many others all around the world to ministry to her and her family. While she is still undergoing visits to the doctor, may need some more chemotherapy, and can’t return to school just yet God is using this door to work in the lives of a family who turns to alcohol when faced with problems instead of Him. Continue to pray for Maria and her family as Maria has a long journey ahead to fully recover and her family needs Jesus as the center of their home. Pray that God will allow this door to remain open so that our family can continue to minister to her and her family.
Lastly we have been praying for good health for our entire family, this is an open door we do our best to keep walking through and God has been faithful in keeping our health good in Moldova. Here health care in Moldova is very different from that in the states, when we stay healthy the doors to the health care system stay closed. And this is one closed door that is an answered prayer!
If the door is closing let it close and think of it as an answered prayer. If the door is open confirm with God walk though it for He has gone before you, trust in Him. Just remember when one door closes another one will open. I pray you and your family have the very best Thanksgiving and that you ponder on what you are thankful for, look around and give Him thanks for the answered prayers no matter if they were closed or open doors. Be blessed.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18