The back of the door in my counseling office has an area called “Wendy’s Wall of Wisdom.” Here I display a collage of quotes and affirmations for my clients. One says, “If a door doesn’t open, it isn’t your door.” The thought gives me peace if life doesn’t work the way I planned, like when my carefully organized schedule gets overturned. This saying helps me step back and give the situation to God. I try not to feel discouraged that my plan didn’t work. God changes my agenda when He has something better. The Lord opens different doors for me to walk through, like the ones that led to CLASS:
- Curiosity was the first doorway God guided me to. More than a decade ago, a friend attended the CLASS writer’s conference in Glorietta, New Mexico. She encouraged me to do the same after she found out I was also writing a book.
- God’s financial provision presented the opening for me to come to the event four years in a row.
- Women I met over the weekend gave me entry to a writer’s group near my home.
- Friendships developed at the retreat granted a gateway for support and encouragement across the country.
- Instruction from a faculty member provided the portal for him to become my writing coach.
- Connections with leadership supplied an entrance to speak at a local women’s conference.
- Professional networks unlocked fellowship with others in the field of counseling.
These God doors are not a one-time, open-and-shut occurrence. They revolve. Many people I met in the past I encounter again and again. We have become family.
Before I can walk through a door, I need to knock. If it doesn’t open, I know God has something better, far beyond anything I could ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).