Open and closed doors

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When I make a decision and I don’t know if something is God’s will or not, I pray, “God open or close the door.” Closed doors guide me to the next right action and God’s plan. When one door is closed another one opens according to God’s timing, not mine. I keep walking in faith, trusting I am being protected and guided. For example:

I was disappointed and angry when the door was shut in my face at the last minute. I could no longer afford the monthly mortgage payments on my house because of my impending divorce. I wasn’t sure if I should sell the house and move or stay and re-mortgage. If I re-mortgaged, I could get a lower interest rate and could afford the monthly payments. When I made the decision to re-mortgage my house, the peace came.

My soon to be ex-husband agreed to sign the necessary papers. On the morning of the closing, he called and said, “Sorry, but I changed my mind and cannot sign the papers.” I blurted out, “You have to sign them. If you don’t sign them, I won’t be able keep the house.” I called the bank to ask if I could sign the papers without his signature. The answer was NO! “God, I don’t understand because I had prayed about the decision and I trusted you were guiding me.”

A week later, to my surprise, I received a letter from the mortgage company informing me that the interest rate had gone down (on its own) because it was an adjustable mortgage. The new payment was the same as if I had re-mortgaged. I even saved a few thousand dollars in the process. When I walk in faith, God always provides in His way and His timing.

Here is a funny story that happened this week with OPEN AND CLOSED GATES:

My friend, Nancy, who lives in Colorado plans on moving to Maui within a few years. It has been her dream for a long time and she knows she will manifest the perfect home. For fun, she looks for real estate online and pictures herself living in a beautiful home on the ocean.  

She recently sent me a picture of a listing that was selling for almost 20 million dollars. It was in my neighborhood and literally a few blocks away. I really wanted to see the house, but it was in a community with a BIG gate.

As I took my walk a few days ago and passed the gated community, I noticed the gate was slowing opening as a truck pulled out. I high tailed across the street and made it through before the gate closed. I made it in and could now find the million- dollar home. The homes were beautiful, but I was disappointed I didn’t find a for sale sign on any of the homes.

As I approached the now CLOSED GATE to leave, I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. I thought, “What if it doesn’t open, what will I do? I can’t call Larry and tell him I can’t get out.”  I looked around to see if there was a code or something to open the gate. Nothing. There was a brick wall on either side of the gate and I knew I couldn’t climb it, especially since I had a dress on.

I prayed, “I TRUST YOU GOD, I NEED HELP.” I walked back into the neighborhood to see if I could find someone to help me get out. I noticed a big white truck backing up down the street coming in my direction. I raised my arms and flagged him down. He opened his window and I blurted out, “How do I get out of here? The gate won’t open.” He smiled and said, “You can’t get out.”  I’m sure he could see the desperation in my face and said, “Get in, I will give you a ride.” I climbed into his truck and off we went to the gate. Apparently, the gate only opens for cars or trucks. We had a lovely conversation and I thanked him for being my “angel of mercy.”

I sensed this wasn’t just a story about an open or closed gate, but had some spiritual lessons. The first one was that “I seized the opportunity” in the moment and didn’t let fear stop me from walking through the open gate. I took a risk – that I would get out. Life is about taking risks and trusting we are being guided.

How often have we had open doors and were too afraid to walk through because we didn’t have all the answers or know HOW it would turn out? Walking in faith and trusting God opens and closes doors or GATES is a journey of fun and adventure. 

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