There is a phrase – “when God closes a door, he opens a window.” I have closed a door in my life. I have stepped away from youth ministry. Between family, current ministry, and the new ministry that God is leading me to, I just had too many doors open. I couldn’t really spend the time that I wanted to – and needed to – in all those rooms. It was time to shut a door.
I think that so many times in our lives we do have too many things going on. We try to do it all, but we are not super-humans. God is God and we are not. We can’t do it all. Sometimes we have to re-evaluate what we are involved in and where are priorities are. Do those things match up? If they do, then we can pray that God gives us the courage to walk through the fire. If our activities and our priorities don’t match up, and there is stress and strain in our lives, then we may need to let some things go. I sometimes feel guilty in doing so, but I know I am setting the right example for my children. If I say that my family is my #2 priority (of course relationship with God through Jesus is #1), then my other priorities shouldn’t put undue stress on those relationships.
Now that I have closed a door, I know that life will settle into a new routine. One that is better for me. Will God open a window? I don’t know. I think he will continue opening new doors and closing others. But just like looking through a window and enjoying the view outside, I know that I will get to look through windows and enjoy the scene on the other side and know that I don’t have to do the hard labor of creating the landscape!
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV)