Teal is my new favorite color. Teal furniture and decorations highlight this color throughout my house. The color makes me happy. When I began this year and God placed the word surrender on my heart as my one word for the year, He also showed me pictures of teal doors over and over.
I began to create graphics to encourage myself and others through this process of surrender. And the question that continued on repeat in my head was, “what does a teal door have to do with surrender”?
At first glance, I’m not sure I know the answer to the teal door. But as God is always working, He has a lesson for me in the image of a teal door.
The image of a door brings up the idea of invitation. We are either invited into more when we walk through a door or find out that we are not welcome. A door beckons you to open up yourself to dreams you thought were just that – dreams. And when we take the chance and walk through the door, we find surrender.
Doors also can shut in our face. What looked like welcome instead becomes an ending. We say “yes” only to find out it is a “no.” Doors open and close and when we go through the process of surrender, we make a choice to walk through or turn the other way.
A teal door is just that – a teal door. God gave me this image not because it’s teal, but because it’s a door. Being a visual person, He invited me to a new understanding of surrender by using a door.
I find myself at doorways often – literally and figuratively. Life is about what you will do when the door is shut. Surrender is the answer to a closed door.
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If you are a dreamer but find yourself faced with a closed door, ask yourself these questions:
What is one step you can take today to figure out how to open the closed door to your dream?
Is there something you need to lay down in order to make space for the dream in your life?
How will you surrender to God in your daily life especially when it means you release all the control to Him?
If the answer to a closed door is surrender, then releasing control is the next logical step. It is remembering that God is in control. Even when letting go feels like free falling, God will catch you in His arms. It’s like trying to drive the car from the passenger seat. God is capable of driving the car without our help. See my latest post, HERE, to learn more about the driving analogy.
The teal door is God’s way of reminding me, through something visually appealing, how He patiently waits on the other side of the door. God knows our heart and desires our journey of surrender to lead us closer to Him. All we need to do is open the door and walk through. You may just find out that releasing control to God is the best thing you could ever do.
I pray you see many “teal doors” this week and know that God is waiting on the other side. He knows how difficult it is to surrender completely but loves to fulfill your Kingdom building dreams. Draw close to God and feel His presence as you navigate the hard and cherish the happy.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:8,10
Blessings on your week!