When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller
Moving to Redding, CA was exactly like Helen’s quote above.
My 7-year long honeymoon of fostering an amazing community of women—affectionately called “the Buff Mamas”—now slammed shut with the resignation of two disloyal instructors. Poetic justice is inevitable as the very community they tried to hijack abruptly disenegrated under the spirit of entitlement and pride.
A good thing can only be sustained by the essence of goodness in that thing, and Buff Mama was really a good thing.
But even good things must come to an end, especially when there’s more to a leader’s journey than teaching 11 boot camps every week in the most beautiful outdoor gyms in the world (besides, the City and County of Honolulu and Kailua have begun to crack down on all commercial activity in the parks due to political interests in an election year!)
It’s time for that chapter to close and for me to move on to something more spiritually rooted, something that unknowingly has created a deeper hunger and passion for more God.
The closed door points upwards to Heaven
That majestic door has opened wide for me to come into more intimacy with a loving Father who has been beckoning me to rest in His Arms. All my life I’ve “strived” to be excellent at what I put my mind, heart and body to. This season, I sit in the passenger seat of a bulldozer and watch buildings crumbles before me and become roads to travel! And did I mention I’m in the passenger seat?
This is one of the many prophetic words I have received from ministers at Bethel Church. God is doing something new and it calls for me to shift gears and let Him fight for me. My season of fighting is over. That’s great news!
We can spend all of our lives striving for success and not really know how to define that success once we have attained a certain income and are able to buy whatever we “want.” This type of success doesn’t quiet the deep ache of what can only be fulfilled by that for which we were created for. That “destiny” can only be found in an intimate relationship with the One who formed us, knew us, even before the world was ever created.
This is the wonderful door that many miss when one door of happiness closes. But the sightless Helen Keller was able to see with the eyes of her heart that there is indeed more to each soul’s journey than meets the eye. That open door can be found when we take our focus off of what once was and seek with the eyes of our heart that which God has seen within us all along.
God says to us all…
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God is always in a good mood towards us. It’s us who have the wrong focus most of the time. Moving to Redding has shifted my focus to becoming all that God created me to be. The best version of me.
That is all God wants from each of us. As Pastor Bill Johnson said:
If you truly knew who God made you to be, you would not want to be anyone else.
God doesn’t make junk. And you and I are destined for greatness when we trade in worldly acclaim for our divine destiny. I invite you to find out just what you were created for. A big hint lies in what makes you feel alive. Passion points to your purpose. May you seek that until you find it. You will find it when you seek it with all of your heart.
Blessings on the journey,
Flickr photo via SpaceShoe.