Monday, June 30, 2014

Where God Closes a Door...

He opens a window. So says Maria from The Sound of Music and she's right.

Now, some would say that to talk about God closing doors is overspiritualising things, that you need to get out there and  kick down those doors. But, sometimes, no matter how hard you might try, it's just not the right season.

Regular readers of this blog would remember two years ago I posted about how I longed to visit the elderly in nursing homes. It scares me thinking that there are so many old people preparing to die without making peace with God through Jesus. The arrival of Mr Rory put that on hold, and I realised that I might not get to do the nursing home visits until all our kids are in school.

Some people would say that I need to work harder at making the nursing home visits happen, that I should use my daycare day to do it, or take him with me. But, after praying about it, I feel it's not the right time.

Then, a few months ago, a ladies' fellowship group started up at my church. We meet every second Thursday morning to share Scripture and encourage one another. We are an eclectic group of all ages. The kids play with toys while we chat and enjoy morning tea. The best thing about this group? I've got to know some of the older ladies in the church better...and I've learnt something I'd never realised before...they feel lonely in a church that has majority kids and young families.

I always thought God wanted me to meet with elderly non-Christians. It turns out He has given me a wonderful opportunity to encourage and befriend those who have followed Christ for many years, to cheer them on in the race, to learn from them, and to show them they are indeed a valued part of the church.


Rodney Olsen said...

I certainly think that we do need to kick down doors rather than waiting for them to open at times ... but the trick comes in working out the difference between doors and double brick walls. :)

I'm glad that you heard the message to wait and that God has now lead you to a great ministry.

Sarah said...

Yep, this felt like a triple brick wall. :)

After talking to a few people, one being a friend who works in a nursing home, the main thing that was emphasised was that old people like routine and stability. I realised I couldn't give them that in this stage of life with Rory getting lots of colds etc. I didn't want to let them down by cancelling all the time.