I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “when one door closes another one opens” or maybe a window opens and for some it could be a small crack in a wall. Have you ever wanted to haul off and punch someone when being told this? I know, clutch the pearls, Melody would never ever want to hit someone. Tragic, but true, I’ve had the desire.
The past few years and especially the last two weeks have been mentally, emotionally and physically challenging for both me and my husband. Like the plethora of others around the country and globe, we’ve been drastically hit by this horrid economy. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say we are good little citizens who did everything ‘by the book’ and started investing in real estate from practically day one of our adult lives… Well, needless to say, that chapter has been slammed shut. It’s a whole new world.
So, I’m basking in self pity, overtaken by fear and mourning the loss of a dream (a 14 year journey) and becoming overwhelmed mentally. It got so bad that just the other day I was at a meeting, looked at the speaker (whom I am friends with) and, for the LIFE of me, could not think of her name. I had to pull up our last text conversation in order to be clued in. How bad is that? I can’t believe I just admitted it. Brain dead, I tell you.
Well, the door closed on that part of our lives and then this ginormous wall opens. Just hours before I got the phone call that my bucket list project was a go, I cracked open a devotional book I keep around the house. It was one of those moments where you just want NEED to open a book and have exactly what you need be the first thing you read. That never happens, right? Well, it happens in the movies…and it happened for me. It was the exact two and half pages I needed, but here’s just a line or two that sums it up….
From the book Joy Breaks
Guidance Out of Nowhere- by Luci Swindoll
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. – Psalm 56:3
“Fear is indiscriminate. It affects all of us regardless of our age or position in life. Whether our fear is absolutely realistic or out of proportion in our minds, our greatest refuse is Jesus Christ…..At times like these we can either quiver in our boots and become paralyzed by that “deer caught in the headlights” phenomenon, we can retreat completely convincing ourselves that the problem doesn’t exist, or we can talk to the One who is able to calm our apprehensions and fears and give us courage to move ahead with a heart of confidence and assurance.”
I was at the point of quivering in my boots and becoming paralyzed along with my brain completely falling out of my head. The second I started reading this devotion I was overwhelmed with calm and peace. Hours later, I received the call that caused the my lack of sleep (from excitement) last night.
I decided to crack the book open again this morning and let my eyes land wherever they may….today’s devotion, just a few lines from 3 pages:
Sign on the Dotted Line – by Patsy Clairmont
“…Now, how about you? Are you willing to take a risk (even if you’re not the best in the field) and learn (not yearn for) a new skill, set a new goal, or help a dream come true? If so, please sign on the dotted line….”
Just wait until my next post…it’s gets even better. I still can’t believe it. 😉
©2010 Melody G. Fritchley