The Hallway and the Door

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When God calls you to step forward and walk through the door He’s opening for you, you’ve got to be careful you don’t get stuck standing in the hallway.

In the hallway, you can convince yourself you’re not ready or you’re not good enough. Or maybe the door isn’t opened all the way; there’s only a sliver of light cutting through the shadowy hallway and that scares you. Let’s face it, you’d rather stay where you know what to expect. There are no surprises in the hallway except the occasional dust bunny parachuting from the ceiling to land on your head.

Or maybe you’re too busy. That’s right, you’ve got a dozen or so loads of laundry to do, the kitchen cupboards need rearranged, and the grass needs cut. Maybe you need to frost a hundred cupcakes for a bake sale, and you need to go to the store to buy a new surge protector for your laptop.

You can convince yourself you don’t have the time for the door and whatever is inside, so you tell God, “Today doesn’t work for me. Maybe tomorrow.”

So you busy yourself and hurry through the hallway to gather the dirty laundry. And while you’re doing that, you notice the photographs hanging on the walls. You stop and remember the past, the colors of those failures so vivid. You look away. It’s too painful. But when you turn, you find yourself reminiscing over another photograph, one you cherish. You wonder if things will ever be that good again. You feel out of sorts, mixed up, and confused like someone is playing Ping-Pong with your emotions.

Satan is doing all he can to get you to linger here so he can whisper his lies, wreaking havoc on your heart and causing every emotional outburst or breakdown imaginable. You see, then he’s not only discouraging you, but he’s stealing your time too. It’s a double whammy.

And let’s not forget how Satan loves to steal your time by distracting you. He’s going to whisper your to-do list in your ear, reminding you how all of those things are so much more important than some silly door. While he’s at it, he will probably tell you you’re not hearing from God anyway and that the door before you isn’t even for you; it’s for someone more qualified and capable. The enemy will tell you you’d better stick with rearranging those kitchen cupboards; someone might come over and see how you’ve got the canned corn mixed in with a box of rice and think you’re completely unorganized and a real slob.

But wait a minute. God pointed out that door to you, didn’t He? And you’ve been praying about it for such a long time, and now it’s opening…

Keep moving, my friend! Don’t turn back now, and don’t let your precious time get swallowed up by distractions, procrastination, or doubt. And don’t keep pacing back and forth with that to-do list in your hand, the one you made for yourself.

Go with the one task God has given you today. Move closer to that door. And if it’s not open all the way when you get to it, pray. Perhaps you’re to knock on it and it will swing wide open when you do.

And when it does open and you take that step and cross the threshold into God’s will for your life, you’re going to realize it’s so much better than hanging out in the hallway with a liar and a bunch of dust bunnies.

Instead, you’ll be living joyfully, immersed in God’s presence, and doing what He’s called and created you to do.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV.)

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11 NLT.)

11 thoughts on “The Hallway and the Door

  1. Dear Joey – after much nudging from the Holy Spirit, I walked right through the door straight to Open Mic night at a local Christian Book Store – I read an excerpt from my soon to be published book and the owner told me that he will promote my book in his store – I listened and obeyed – no standing in the hallway for me!!! Thank you for this amazing sharing!!! Love and blessings my dear sister in Christ xo

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    1. That is TERRIFIC!! I’m SO happy for you, Debra! Praise God for that open door and opportunity! And you’ll have to let me know about your book (title/when it’s available), so I can check it out too. Congratulations!! Love and blessings to you, my I’m-not-standing-in-the-hallway-but-walkin’-through-the-open-door Sister in Christ. 🙂

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      1. You so make me laugh – I’ll be chuckling all night with that last comment – grateful beyond words for your ‘on-line’ presence in my life – blessings from my heart to yours xoxo

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        1. Well you just bless me like crazy! And I’m so thankful for your “on-line” presence in my life too! So chuckle yourself into some sweet dreams, my friend, and don’t forget to let me know about your book. Blessings to you always!

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  2. Your words have spoken so deeply to me and my husband. We spent a long time praying about whether to buy a house we thought was right for us and it meant a lot because, as a military family, we have never owned our own family home. We drew close to one another and God through searching for his will in prayer and on the day we made our offer, we were encouraged by a verse sent to us ‘Behold I have opened a door for you that no man can shut’ Revelation 3:8. It had particular relevance because we hadn’t had a viewing for the house when we looked around but the front door had been open and the agents allowed us to go in. Our offer was accepted but a few weeks later we were gazumped. The loss of the house is nothing (there are many houses!) but the mockery it seemed to make of that precious time with God- that sense that he was speaking to us- has been hard to make sense of. It has really damaged my husband’s faith and he is now lost in the hallway. I don’t know what your words mean exactly for us but they moved me as I felt like God was speaking directly to us through them. We must spend time working out what he is saying. Thank you for creating a way for us to hear from God again in the most comforting way. Keep on blogging- God is using you powerfully. I always hear him whispering to me through your words.

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    1. Oh my. My first instinct is to give you a big hug right now, but since I can’t do that, I’m going to ask God to hug you for me. I’ve been in a similar place spiritually (actually more than once!) where I felt God had opened a door only to have it shut in my face. It hurt, and I found myself getting angry with God. Please understand, it is only now, nearly a year later, that I am able to see that God had something better planned for me. There are so many things happening behind the scenes that we are unaware of, and I know a lot of the “no’s” I’ve received from God are for my own protection. During those times, I didn’t understand. But I ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) and discernment and there have been many times He’s allowed me to see deeper into the situation. There are so many “maybe God didn’t allow you to have that house because…” reasons that I won’t even go there. And I know you said it’s not about the house, but the “mockery of the time spent with God.” Perhaps the door He has opened had nothing to do with an actual house but a door opening you to a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. And I’ve learned after a time of growth like that, the enemy will try to steal it from you; he will try to get you to doubt God’s faithfulness and will try to justify your right to be angry with God…that’s what happened to me. I will pray your husband doesn’t feel lost or stuck in the hallway but will know God is moving behind the scenes in your lives in a more powerful way than you know. Please hear my heart…I will pray for both of you. God has something wonderful for those who seek Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV. You’re going to be rewarded for seeking Him! So keep doing it, keep going to Him. Don’t let the enemy steal that precious time you had with God, don’t let him tarnish it in any way. Draw closer to God and He will draw closer to you. And pray for wisdom and maybe one day this will all be so clear to you. But if He doesn’t reveal it to you, continue to trust Him (Proverbs 3: 5-6). He will never fail you. Many, many prayers are going up for you and your husband today. (And thank you for your kind words…I pray God blesses you abundantly not only for how you have been seeking Him but also for how you have encouraged me today.)

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      1. Thank you so much for your reply. I only just found it this morning after reading your most recent blog (which has really spoken to me, as your blogs always do). I am so touched by your taking the time to write back and think and pray about it for us. I can’t wait to show my husband your words. Take care- you have such a wonderful heart for God and you speak truth and light through your words. God bless. Katie

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        1. Thank YOU, Katie! It’s an honor and a privilege to me that you allowed me into your life and that I can pray for you. (And I will continue to do so. 😉 ) And I must say, your words truly bless and encourage me…so again, thank YOU. Praying for God to draw you and your husband so very close to Him. Blessings and love to you always!

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