Would I like to choose Door Number One.....Door Number Two..... or Door Number Three?
Now, for those of you who are familiar with the television program Let’s Make A Deal, that should sound very familiar. When choosing any door, you may have won a wonderful prize such as a new automobile or a vacation trip. But, you might also be Z O N K E D if you were to choose the wrong one.
This reminds us that life is about choices and making the right choice. That can be easy or it can be extremely painful especially when you do not know all of the facts pertaining to a particular door. In such a case, the unknown behind a door in real life could cause great anxiety.
Now, there is One who knows what is behind each door and He is the one who created us. So, it would be very helpful if we would pray that God will lead and guide us to the right one……the right choice.
Having said all of this, I will be honest and tell you that sometimes when I go to the door to open it, it doesn’t open and this has been known to cause me to become very frustrated. Why God? Why won’t you open the door because based on what I know, I believe I have made the right choice. (Note the emphasis on I...I...I)
In the early days of Worker Ministries, I can well remember a situation in which this occurred and caused me to have sleepless nights until….until …..I came to understand.
I had made some elaborate plans to invite soldiers who were ambulatory patients at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC to a luncheon. We would arrange transportation from the hospital to a nearby restaurant and return them to the hospital. All of the expenses incurred would be paid by Worker Ministries.
We also developed a luncheon program during which time we would be able to thank them for their service to our country. I would also address them on living the purpose driven life letting them know that, beyond their military service, God still had a plan for their life. Each soldier would receive specific guidance on how to locate that plan and be given a complimentary copy of my book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed to help in living the Christian life in the workplace. In addition to all of this, I had planned to invite a Congressman from my district to deliver a message of gratitude for their service and willingness to lay down their life so that we may continue to live in freedom. So, we were set….ready!
OOOOPS! I am so sorry. In spite of the thrill that resonated in my heart, I truly had the cart before the horse.
All of this had been finalized on paper and I believe it was a worthy plan. However, I had not actually contacted Walter Reed. But, that really did not concern me because surely they would welcome us to help the veterans being treated there.
The problem was I had made an assumption but had forgotten that assumptions can be very dangerous especially in the day and age in which we are living. I can not describe for you in this newsletter how many times I was given “the run around” when trying to locate the one in charge who would give us permission to implement our plan.…..how many times I would be directed to one source and then to another and then to another.
Finally, I exclaimed, “Please! Would someone please tell me yes or no!” And, finally….finally ….the answer came and it was a resounding NO! And, the reason? "We do not allow our patients to attend any such ‘religious’ event". End of discussion.
But, but…God…surely you know that we are wanting to do this because of our love for our soldiers. Please, God! Why did you not open the door?
If I did not know anything but one thing about our Heavenly Father it is that if He decides the door will not be open….it will not be open regardless of what we humans do!
But, after I had a pitty party for several days, a critical revelation came to me. I thought about other doors in my life I had tried to open and eventually God allowed me have a peek and actually see why it would not be opened. It is because there was something there that would actually hurt me or hurt our ministry and I could only see that truth after some time had passed.
What is the bottom line? If the door does not open, do not be frustrated. Recognize that an all knowing God has ways of protecting us against harm.
But, my message does not end there. Sometimes God opens the door to an opportunity but we might refuse to accept the prize. In such a case, we should be very careful because we can live to regret not walking through that door.
And in closing, we Christians know that there is that precious time when one of the doors will always be open. It is when a lost soul comes to Jesus and accepts him as Lord and Savior. What does He say? "Knock and I will open the door!" And what you will find there comes tax free because there are no such strings attached to the gift of salvation!