And a closed door. But just used that as the title because who doesn’t love a good Frozen reference?
Hi, my name is Mary Spencer and I despise the job hunt during a pandemic. I knew it would be hard, but honestly it’s been a little defeating. I felt certain after 6 weeks of an interview with a company I had worked for before that I would get the job. But no. Instead I received a no reply general denial email from HR. After a couple interviews, a presentation, so much.
When I received that no I was upset for a few hours but then I recognized how gracious God was to me to shut that door and told God thank you. Thank You for knowing better than me. Thank You for Your protection. Thank You for closing a door I wouldn’t have shut myself. Thank You.
Rejection doesn’t feel great, but knowing my Father knows better reminds me to be chasing after the path He designed for me rather than what the world deems to be glamorous.
On the flip side, doors have opened that I don’t want to walk through. Friends and family are sick. I can’t control or change what people in my life are experiencing. But recognizing our Father is omniscient and will constantly provide and bring comfort is what I cling to.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:2
Yesterday, my devotional for the day was titled, “Peace Beyond Circumstances.” This is what the first paragraph said:
“As hard as it is to face suffering and rejection, your trials can actually be opportunities to experience the Savior’s power, love, ability, wisdom, and peace that transcends understanding. This is because deep down inside, you learn – with abiding assurance – that God is with you, that He is in control, and that He can give you joy far greater than any circumstance you can experience.” – Charles Stanley
More than anything I’ve seen that God is with me and more than anything God is FOR me.
I really hate the saying “God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers.” That has never resonated with me because I am really weak outside of Christ. We learn from the battles and sometimes get worn down from the internal and external wars at hand, but we learn how to become stronger soldiers on the battlefield for Christ. I am not tough enough for 2020 apart from our Heavenly Father. I am not strong enough for the broken world without placing my faith in Jesus.
I don’t know what my future holds and I don’t know what yours holds either. I don’t have the perfect answers for how to handle the obstacles in your life currently, but I do know this: When doors are shut try and trust that He is working for your good. When doors are open that you don’t want to walk through, take steps toward them anyway. Trust Jesus. Relinquish your power. Lean into His love.