And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
Thought for the Day: God opens doors
For two years, I found out yesterday, well a little shy of two years, a precious lady at our church has been praying diligently for me to find a job. As she came up to me yesterday at church, “How have things worked out for you in finding a teaching position?” Excitedly I told her that I do have a position for the next school year. She teared up and said, “I have been praying for you….I always love hearing about prayers answered as it reminds me that prayers work.” She has been a constant encourager for my family and me through this time since we have been in Georgia, and the love shows on her face every time we are in conversation with her. As I shared with her about all the different doors that seemed to close for me, even after having great interviews, was discouraging at the time and I wondered why God was closing the doors. I didn’t get it. Then, when a long-term substitute position opened at my son’s school, I jumped in and began work. I loved my work and was encouraged every day by those around me, but having it lead to a full-time position was not clear. Then the day came, at 9:30 in the evening, when I was offered a position in the school nearest me…and in one of the best elementary schools around.
I shared with our sweet friend that at that moment, I knew why the previous doors had been closed. God simply did not want me to walk through them. Two days ago, we drove by another school in our area where I interviewed. The building is exactly like the building where I got a position. As I drove by I shared with my child, “Honey, can you see that school is the same type of building as your school?”. “If I had been offered a position and taken it, I would not be at your school next year. God closed that door and I am so glad.”
Many prayed for me and could not understand why so many doors were shut for me. But then the door that was supposed to open did….and God let me walk through. God knew, but I believe God wanted me to interview in the different schools. He knew that I needed to receive knowledge through each of those interviews of steps I needed to take. Through those interviews, I realized that I needed an extra endorsement on my teaching certificate – ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). So, I studied and took the ESOL test and passed. Adding that endorsement helped in my search of a position, but more than that it gave me essential skills to succeed in my new position. God said yes and opened the door when HE knew it was the right one – because HE led me to that widely opened door.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for friends who pray for us and encourage us in such special ways. Through the prayers of those remarkable people, we realize how You listen to us. Thank you also, God, for the closed doors that keep us from going into places you do not want us to go. Thank you for making clear the open doors we are to enter. You are awesome! Amen.
Prayer Focus: Friends who are encouragers