CLOSE THE DOOR!
On the Jewish Calendar, we are in the last days of the year 5774. A year that was widely known as THE YEAR OF THE OPEN DOOR. And indeed it has been a time when God has moved many into new positions. We left one place for another. I read a prophetic word early in the year which spoke about this year as if we were standing at a tent door. We had been standing inside the tent and needed to bend low in order to exit the tent and go from a confined, limited place into a new 'world' of opportunity.
I do not know about you, but I have had to humble myself this year. I had to take a good, hard look at my life and make some decisions about who I wanted to be and the life I wanted to live. I had to acknowledge to myself and to those close to me that I had made mistakes. I had to repent, A LOT, for my pride and stubborness and selfishness. And in that, I found out how weak I truly am - and how much I really need people. Looking back, I sure had a lot of A-Ha moments this year. And as I look back -- I know this has been one of the toughest years of my life, one of the hardest, but also one of the best. Because I was able to go through the door that God opened and find myself in a new place.
This year has been all about transition. In fact, the last few years have been all about transition. If you look back, God has spent the last 2 - 3 years preparing you to be in the place you find yourself RIGHT NOW! He has carefully orchestrated every crisis, every triumph, every bend in the road, so that you would be exactly where you are today. You are standing on the threshold of a new season. Your next step IS a new beginning.
And just as I get so excited about that, I hear the soft voice of God reminding me that before I move, I need to shut the door behind me. There needs to be NO GOING BACK! The door is BEHIND me for a reason - it can no longer lead me where I need to go. Often times, when we step into a new season, we get intimidated by the newness or the strangeness or just the fight we have to fight. And as is typical of human nature, to want to go back to what is known and secure. So before we move - we need to close the door on the past! Not because we are angry, or bitter, hurt or rebellious, but simply because that door cannot lead us into the future.
So today, choose to celebrate your past. Thank God for the many lessons you learnt and people you met. Honour God for all those who have been part of your story. But determine, that the past is past. Close the door and set your eyes firmly on a new horizon. Write it down in your journal, mark the date so that you will always remember the day you closed the door on the past.
Then, take a deep breath (or 2 or 3) and get ready for your new beginning!