Blackford Parish Church

A word or two from Mairi

From "The Link" Parishes Newsletter, January 2020
 

Dear All,

When God opens a door, no one can shut it. And when he closes a door, no one can

open it. I have often asked myself “How can I know when God has opened a door?”

and the simplest answer is, “You won’t know until you go through the door.”

It’s been my experience that sometimes the door is obvious and I just walk right through.

Sometimes I run. And sometimes I need a little shove.

It’s a good thing that we don’t know the future because we couldn’t handle it. The future

with all its ups and downs, twists and turns, with all the unexpected things that we don’t

see coming.

Open doors are like that. God rarely shows us the big picture in advance. The “open door”

is usually a door pushed slightly open. We still have to summon up the courage to go

through the door and see what’s on the other side.

Jesus himself, the one who is holy and true, the one who has all authority, opens doors for his people. It’s his job to open the doors. Our job is to go through the doors he opens, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, going wherever he may lead us. One door may open, and then it may close. That’s okay. Another door may open. That’s okay too. We may have to sit still for a while waiting for a door to open. That’s also okay.

Jesus is sovereign over the doors of life. We can trust him.

The Lord asks “Who shall I send and who will go for us?” God wants willing volunteers in His service and a grateful and enthusiastic Isaiah does not hesitate in taking the opportunity, saying “Here am I, send me.” And for the rest of his life Isaiah served God who had forgiven him and saved him.

Are you listening for His call? Our door is always open.

May I wish you every blessing for 2020

Rev Mairi Perkins

mperkins@churchofscotland.org.uk

01786 880948

Mairi with her husband Tony

and son Eoghan.