When other doors close…
Cainspirations by Kristi Cain, originally published September 17, 2020
How are you overcoming the darkness of closed doors? Let’s journey together!
Has it ever felt like more doors are closing for you than opening? How about a year of the whole world shutting down and shutting you out – or in?
More than ever before for so many of us, this year has made it all too easy to feel like the world is closing in around you.
Leaving you stuck waiting for an answer, an escape – waiting just to breathe.
But as we continue to wade through difficult and uncharted waters, I’ve found that it is incredibly helpful to look back on the straits already crossed and the battles already won.
Because I have lived through times, as I’m sure many of you have, when there were no easy answers and no good options.
Times when it felt like the only thing left to do was to throw my hands up and give up.
But I didn’t do it then and neither did you. So we don’t have to do it now, either.
While all of us will remember the weight of the year 2020, there was another year that dropped onto my family with an impact we never saw coming.
2008. The year our daughter, Katie, was struck with a devastating seizure disorder.
Doctor after doctor, medicine after medicine, and hospitalization after hospitalization, all brought us the same outcome: Katie just kept getting sicker.
And not just sicker as in feeling bad. Sick with an illness that was robbing her body of its soul, her brain of its ability to function, and her future from her life.
For over two years, we tried treatment after treatment with the same result. And you know what they say the definition of insanity is, right?
But fortunately for us, we have a God who doesn’t really care how sane His power looks through our mortal lens.
And fortunately for me, in the midst of that storm, I didn’t either.
Because in that season, I didn’t care how many doors had slammed in our faces, I knew all I needed was one to find the answer my little girl needed. To find her miracle.
And I remember the day that even Johns Hopkins told us it was over. There was nothing more they can do.
The saddest day in our family’s life.
I remember getting on my knees and voicing my faith that He had to have created one person out of the billions breathing on this earth who could help our daughter. Just one. And then begging God to help me find him.
And that’s exactly what He did.
In fact, that very day, God led us to two doctors who cured her beyond our wildest hopes – our own real life miracle story.
Because even when the wisdom of the world tells you that a situation is impossible, we serve a God for whom all things are possible.
So if a personal trial or the year 2020 or some combination of the two has been getting you down lately, remember that we have the strongest ally in the universe who is working actively in His vast, beautiful realm to build you up.
To take you safely to a much better place than you might have ever dreamed you could be while in the midst of it all.
So, if you’ve been getting discouraged, don’t be. Just give yourself one more chance, one more day, one more risk that may lead to a reward bigger than you’d ever dreamed possible.
Because as much as God has already invested in the well-being of your soul, you’d better believe that your personal Good News is not just possible, but guaranteed.
Don’t make me do all the talking – I’d love to hear from you!
- What are strengths you found from personal trials?
- Any tips or tricks you’ve found for beating the pandemic blues?
- Do you want to hear about anything else? Any prayer requests?
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