I was having coffee with some friends in church. One of them was asking us whether she should take a particular job at a church. It was her dream job in every way, but there was a little funky thing here and a little funky thing there that made her wonder whether she should take it.
The whole time she was talking, I was listening with one ear to her and listening with the other ear to God. I was at a loss as to what to advise. I was saying in my spirit, “God, I’m sure I have read something in the Bible this week that applies to this situation, but what is it?” None of the passages I studied seemed to apply at all!
There was something she said though that concerned me greatly about the church, so I advised that she not take the job. And right at the end of my comment, an obscure verse I read this week popped into my head (I read this verse to inform my study of a passage in Luke). So I opened my Bible and read it to her: “He opens doors and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them.” Rev. 3:7. I told her I believed God shut the door here – and had in previous, similar situations – and that she should not try to open it.
At that point our coffee time was over. We went our separate ways, but later that day she sent this note:
I wanted to share something with you all that happened after our meeting today. SO WEIRD! I think our God is just absolutely amazing and he can reach even those of us who are the most hard-headed!
So I left our meeting this morning. On the way back to pick up my car, I’m praying to God, “You know, I really want this job. I think I want to take it. How can a position in a church be bad? How can it NOT be something I’m supposed to take? How can you close a door that I really, really, really want to go through?” To which there was no answer…at least not at that time.
As the day went on, we went on our field trip to the printing press. Oddly enough, they had a man lead us on our field trip/tour through the printing press who had only worked there for a year. He said that he didn’t normally lead groups through–his normal job was in sales, but because he had experience in the actual printing side of things, they asked him to lead us on the tour.
So, we are sitting there at the beginning of the tour in a conference room and he is going through the story of how he ended up in the printing business. He talked about how he had never thought of owning his own printing company, but that God kept opening these doors left and right. I’ll leave out all the details of that… Anyway, he said the door God opened was for him to open his own print company. From there, he gained experience, owned his own printing company from 2001 to 2007, and then came to work for Mosaic, and how it’s the best job he’s ever had. He then said that had he not walked through the doors God had opened for him, he would have ended up on a different path.
The whole time, my class was looking at him like, “Why is this fruitcake sharing his life story and talking about God?” But he completely had my attention! I thought, “Well, that’s pretty cool. Here I am struggling with what doors to go through, which route to take and here he is talking about how God opened certain doors for him and closed other ones.”
I still wasn’t convinced, but then he said something like, “You know, I think the Lord just opened the door for me that I was supposed to go through. There’s this scripture in Revelation that talks about how there are doors that God opens that no one can close and doors that God closes that no one can open.” He didn’t quote the scripture exactly, but it was enough for me to know that it was the same one Kelly had recited this morning. It took everything in me to not stand up, looking like a crazy woman and scream, “AMEN!” But alas, I held onto my sanity and stayed seated and poised. lol!
I just had to share with you all… It was a great day for me. And starting it with you all made it even better.