“Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut” Revelations 3:8
We had been praying for the Lord to open a door for us and He did. We took a leap of faith, packed up our family and relocated to Arizona. It wasn't the door we expected but we knew that He was working in our lives and answering our prayers according to His will, so here we are.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
For me, I've been experiencing a range of emotions and have honestly found that even though I was praying that the Lord would provide a new opportunity for my husband and my family, when He opened the door, I was afraid to walk through it. The floodgates of fears about the unknown opened up and I began to doubt if this was the right move for our family.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I still feel a bit like a deer in headlights, not sure of how all the details are going to be worked out. In talking with my husband, he shared that he had been having some anxiety as well and that the Lord reminded him that needing our Father is a good thing. The Lord gently reminded him that getting to a place where you feel like you don't need the Lord, is not a place where you want to be and can actually be a dangerous mindset.
“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
Getting to a place where you need the Lord and desire His guidance and will for your life from moment to moment, that is what the Lord desires for us. Talking to God throughout the day in fellowship, friendship, and prayer from the moment you wake up until the moment you rest your head, this is what He desires for us.
“Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
In recent days, my husband also shared that the Lord had spoken to Him and told him even with everything going on, all the uncertainty and transition, don't forget to worship Him, to praise Him, and to thank Him.
“Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7
I know this is especially true for me. I can get caught up in my circumstances and find myself just praying, pleading and asking Him for things but not taking the time to thank Him, to love Him and to praise His name.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
The Lord has promised to take care of all of my needs if I put Him first in my life. There are no circumstances that are a surprise to God. He already has the solutions to my problems, both present, and future. He commands us many times in His word not to worry. This has been one of the most difficult areas of my life to be obedient in but it is something that I am continuously striving for, living my daily life completely trusting God's will and plan for my life no matter what the circumstances.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Today I choose to praise Him, thank Him and worship Him for all that He has done, for all that He is doing and for all that He will do in my life. I believe that if I trust Him and put my life in the palm of His hands, He will guide and direct my steps, regardless of the circumstances.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
This is true for all of God's children.