I know some people that have lived in the same town all of their lives. Some people have never seen the ocean and perhaps never seen a mountain up close. Their entire families have never ventured beyond the neighborhoods that they’re living in right now and the only world they know exists within a one-mile radius. The mere thought that there might be something outside of their neighborhood has never crossed your mind. Everyone in their world looks like them, talks like them, thinks just like them, and that’s the way they like it.
I know others who have traveled almost the entire globe. They get antsy when they’re forced to stay in sit still too long. They have the spirit of Abraham; they have to move constantly and have a hard time settling in one place. They may be missionaries or business people or just true adventurers, but they have a thirst for discovering new places and learning new languages.
Because we are travelers just passing through this world, we should never get too comfortable with anything in it. Benjamin Mays once said, “The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. ...”
I believe that sometimes God closes doors in order to force us to move forward. Otherwise we grow complacent right where we are, even if we’re on comfortable. We tell ourselves with the pain we’re familiar with is easier to face than the unknown. We dig our heels in and we stay right where we are like a tree rooted in the ground. If God didn’t close doors, lock them, and board them shut, we would keep going backwards. God is a forward moving God and our future is bright, so much brighter than our past.
Don’t fear change; don’t be afraid of what God has in store for you. It’s so much better than anything you could think or ask for or imagine. We would’ve remained rooted in sin, but God had the cross already planned for each one of us. How awesome is that! Remember nothing is impossible or too difficult for Him; nothing you’ve done, nothing you’ve said, nothing that’s been done to you. He’s the God of infinite possibilities and He holds yours in the palm of His outstretched hand.