Just recently I helped a friend get a job. In his preparation, we discussed his resume and the type of job he wanted. He had been out of work for about a year and placed resumes all over his city. He was so desperate and focused on the stumbling blocks that were in his way that he couldn’t see that God had already placed small “openings” around him.
Helping my friend made me think of my own journey of when I was searching for an executive level job in education about six years ago. I was distraught because the only jobs that would call back were jobs that I did not necessarily want. I was waiting in “expectancy” and praying that “God would open doors for me.” I would say in my prayers, “Lord, You said if I knock, the door shall be opened (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV), I’m knocking and need a breakthrough.” I was preoccupied with not having a job and the bills that were climbing. One day the phone rang and it was a job with a university. Again, the job was not the position I wanted; it was part time, but the Holy Spirit immediately said to me, “You don’t need a door, you just need an opening.” That BLESSED me! I was thinking, “Lord I just need to get my foot in the door and You will handle the rest!”
Sometimes we focus so much on the end result, we forget that God has designed the path, so while the end result is inevitable, we have to be open to the journey. I had to press my way to find an opening, a small little crack, in my profession to position me for the place me where I am today. My “opening” came by way of volunteering on a committee. That one opportunity avalanched into many other opportunities that were relevant to my progress.
The Bible tells us a story about a man who needed to be healed, who needed just an opening…
“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 1-5 NIV)
This man had a multitude of stumbling blocks in his way. He couldn’t even get to the door and not just because he was paralyzed, but because the door was blocked by other people. How many of you are paralyzed in your situation and feel that because your first point of entry is blocked, you are defeated? I’m here to tell you, the devil is a liar and he’s trying to distract you from the other “opening.” Go to the roof!
Thank You for the revelations in Your Word! Lord, I thank You for every reader of this message and that they are encouraged and EMPOWERED to take advantage of the small openings You have already placed in their lives. Please guide us as we venture along life’s journey to be sensitive to Your Word and Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look for the opening! You do not need a wide window or a big door to allow you to venture into your break-through. All you need is an opening!
Have you spotted the opening God has for you? Please share below.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL.