My view of an imperfect but wonderful life

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Beyond the Open Door... But which one??

I cannot believe it is already May! Or that I have officially graduated from Indiana Bible College! The last 3 years here have been amazing. My time here was exciting, stressful, inspiring, entertaining, and just all around wonderful. I've made such amazing friends, and am going to miss the atmosphere. It's going to be sad not being able to have so many like-minded people around. But thank God for technology to be able to contact those people, and for the ability to go before His throne whenever I want.

So on to the story behind the title of my post. Beyond the open door, but which one? Sometimes the hardest place to be is in the unknown. That's where I feel I am now. I know there are things that I feel others "expect" me to do, but "the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing" (I love Pastor Booker!). And right now, my MAIN thing is to follow God's Will for my life.

One of the definitions of the word follow is "to accept the authority of or give allegiance to". So by following, I am surrendering my will to His Will. Which really is a sacrifice. If I were leading myself... Let's not even go there, that's dangerous territory! God's way really is the only way, so I choose that way, even if the path is not clear at this moment.

Most of us know the song, "Beyond the Open Door", the first verse of that song says "in the things familiar we find security". Yes, I admit, I find security in familiar things; such as, home, IBC, family, friends, etc. But, one cannot go through life expecting to have familiarity as their safety net. To be able to do what God wants for your life, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Don't get me wrong, I am definitely not an expert on this. I LOVE new places and people, but it really is hard for me to get all the way out of my comfort zone. I know that God has something big for me, but it's finally time for me to leave the safe haven that IBC has been for the last 3 years and get out into the real world. I don't know for sure where God is going to lead me, but I do know that I am not afraid of what my future holds for me. With God in control of my life, I'm ready to go beyond one of the open doors!!


In the things familiar we find security
Resisting all the changes that days and years can bring
When God decides to lead you through an open door
Inviting you to walk in realms you've never known before

Beyond the open door is a new and fresh anointing
Hear the Spirit calling you to go
Walk on through the door for the Lord will go before you
Into a greater power, you've never known before

Hear the Spirit calling to wake the living dead
To reach the huddled masses who call out for living bread
Arise, Oh mighty army, take up thy shield and sword
For the Father lifts His golden lamp beside the open door


Carlene Branham said...

Loved your blog, Erica. I know how very hard it is to make changes & to walk thru that "open door". I believe in you and while I hope your door opens close to me, I know you will follow what God wants for your life. Now look how many things you need to change in the next few months....your "about me" on this page. Your info page on FB!!!! Love you, sissy!!

Nila said...

I'm praying for God to give you wisdom and make His will known to you. This was a beautiful blog, Erica Rose. Love you!

Pierce Household said...

Come home saith the Lord :)

Hope to see you soon! Love you lots Erica