Author: Teri Wright

Open & Closed Doors

Open & Closed Doors

I’ve been thinking a lot about open and closed doors in our lives. Some seem to open before us without much effort and others slam shut in spite of our exhausting efforts to keep them open.

Those that we work so hard to keep open, have brought forth a new question to me: What is all this effort keeping us from?  Are we missing something God has for us because we’re trying to keep a door open in our lives that should be shut?

It does seem the only way to walk through a door our Father may be opening before us is to take our hand off the door knob of doors behind us that should be closed. Some of those things we may need to let go of, and firmly close the door to, could be as small as a bad attitude or as big as unforgiveness; as small as a bad habit or as big as an addiction; as small as problematic relationship or as big as a toxic one.

I have found myself asking God, “What are the doors that I need to close in my life so that I may walk through the door You are opening before me?”

This prayerful ruminating these past few weeks has caused me to remember a movie that came out a number of years ago called “127 Hours.” This movie chronicles the true story of a young man who fell while hiking alone in a remote area and whose arm was trapped between two rocks. He spent 127 hours trapped before he did the unthinkable…he cut off his arm to get free and save his life. What caused him to take this drastic measure was a dream he had of a young boy, his own son.  He chose to live rather than miss out on the wonderful family God had in his future.  

I haven’t been able to get this movie out of my head although it’s a bit gruesome for me to want to watch again.  But what an amazing, courageous thing to do!  At the end of the movie, this young man is pictured with his wife who he met later and the beautiful little child of promise.

When I think of the costly sacrifice this young man did to walk through the open door God wanted him to move through, the little doors I am having a hard time shutting seem utterly miniscule in comparison.

“I know what you’ve been doing. Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut. You have only a little strength, but you have obeyed My word and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:8)

Thank you, Father, that You see us. You see us! We haven’t been perfect but we have tried to follow You and have not denied Your name. You recognize that we are weary and have little strength and that’s okay with You. Your tender love reaches through our fatigue and gives us hope.

Out of Your great love, You have placed before us an open door that no one can shut! Open our eyes that we would be able to see it. Don’t let fear or complacency keep us from courageously stepping across that threshold and into our destiny in You. 

~Teri

He’s in the Waiting

He’s in the Waiting

Last week, I took a walk on the beach and saw this lonely pelican on one side of a rock which looked like a favorite perch for many birds. I thought to myself with a smile, “It can be lonely watching and waiting on the Lord.” A moment later the Lord reminded me through this comical scene that “God is in the waiting.”

It seems many of us are finding ourselves in this place lately where we have been crying out for God to move in different  situations and we are frustrated and weary because we are not seeing the answers yet.

But don’t give up because God is doing a miraculous, needed work in our hearts as we wait!

I had a dream the other night and I don’t dream often so I knew it was significant. I dreamt that I gave birth to a premature baby. I woke up from the dream and knew that this had nothing to do with the physical. I also knew this dream wasn’t just for me but for all of our body at Real Life Fellowship in SLO.

This was something in the spiritual realm that God was working in us that we had given birth to before it was ready. I began to pray saying to the Lord, “Help us not to give birth prematurely to whatever You have destined for us to do.”

I was led into a time of prayer asking that God would hide us away in the cleft of the rock to finish that good work He is doing in our spirits… praying that the Lord would do what He needed to do in us until we are ready to launch into the work that He has for us in San Luis Obispo County.

A few days later, Tom and I watched an interview of Mario Murillo where he spoke directly to those that are experiencing discouragement in their ministry. He spoke about Anna from the Bible where it is said  that God closed her womb for a time. That created in her an even greater desperation for a child! A child of promise.  Mario described the analogy of a water spout over the ocean. God is looking for a people with a holy desperation for His presence that matches His passion for his people. Mario said this is what “deep cries unto deep” means. God is working to create in us a desperation for an outpouring of His Spirit that matches His own! An outpouring where Holy Spirit would fall on many, many people and those lives would be changed forever. That revival would lead to reformation of our country and even the world. 

This is what God is doing in our midst right now.

So hide us away right now, dear Father. Teach us what you want us to learn. Show us how to stand unwavering in the promises You have given us. Show us how to stand together as a united body, all desiring the same thing…a revival that would bring many to know Jesus as their Savior and that would bring the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit that many would have the power to follow Jesus with great courage and boldness in this time! Come Holy Spirit! We welcome You!

~Teri