One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which I have a series of posts on here. Specifically, this series was focused on joy and thieves of joy that keep us from a full life with God. I had always prided myself on being a joyful person, but I have lost sight of that before and really struggled for a while finding reasons to have joy. I do not think joy is always being happy, but it is drawing upon an unconditional source that allows for an eternal peace. Like I said, there was a time when I had really lost this sense of joy and peace for many reasons and that is a whole other post. However, for this post, I want to add to this Thessalonians verse series and share how our perspective can provoke or steal away joy.
A couple of years ago, the door closed on an opportunity that I truly believed was my calling. I was heartbroken for a time, because I thought that God was calling me to that which He just shattered right in front of me. It made me feel like a failure. My path was redirected, but at that time, I was reluctant to keep going. It was not what I wanted. I had a bitter taste towards this next chapter of my life, because it was not the open door that I wanted. I very vividly remember during one of my quiet times, shortly after I had this disappointing news, the Lord speaking to me in such a reassuring manner. The Lord was saying, “But Katie, I want you elsewhere”. It was a star struck, stop you in your tracks moments. I had been so focused on my wants, but my wants were not what the Lord wanted for me. I hadn’t even considered the fact that this next journey was not about me at all. It was going in this certain direction because the Lord needed me in another place.
I was opened up to a whole new perspective. This door was not closed because I was a failure in any way, but it was closed because I was not needed there. The Lord wanted me elsewhere. My skill set and talents were needed to make a difference elsewhere, and this opened door was where I was going to make the most impact for His Kingdom. It was not about what I wanted or how talented I was, but it was all about what the Lord wanted for my life. I did not fail in any way; rather, I was succeeding in what the Lord had planned for me– And this perspective allows for JOY.
My status and merit in my career or my friendships do not make me any more or less worthy. This is not meant to sound negative or disheartening; rather, this is the biggest blessing we receive. Our worth does not come from any worldly situations or outcomes. We are simply worthy, beautiful, and confident with the power of Jesus without our efforts. A closed door is not a failure, but rather, the Lord working to have a success elsewhere that is much more important for your life journey.
A piece and perspective to always remember: You are a worthy success because you are a Child of God.