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Swing Wide the Door


Brenda DeLauder Columnist

  In reorganizing my office I remembered the bigger filing cabinet sitting in our storage room. It held old files and memories, but it was time to clean it out for reuse. So on a recent morning, starting at the bottom, I pulled open a drawer and felt as if I had stepped back in time. Inside were bits and pieces of my past career. Some items were worth keeping but other things made me wonder why I had kept them so long. Then it hit me. I had kept them because they symbolized a part of my life, one I didn’t want to forget. In taking a stroll down Memory Lane with each drawer I opened, I was shocked to find myself struggling with names of former co-workers. Here were people whom I had worked closely with, knowing their wardrobe, favorite foods and the names of their children. It’s funny how we know the details of people’s lives who are around us as well as we know our jobs, then suddenly we don’t know either anymore. But it doesn’t leave us empty, because we take the parts we need to remember and carry them into the next chapters of our lives.

  It’s not just about what we did or those we knew, it’s more about not wanting that part of our lives boxed up and forgotten as if it had not been important. I imagine we all hope to make a difference in a positive way, doing more good than bad in every part of our time on this earth. We would probably all like to think we have left less troubles and woes as litter and scattered more seeds of joy, caring concern and happiness along the road we travel.

  It took a couple of hours to go through the cabinet, not because of the quantity, but the quality of so many memories. In one of the drawers I ran across a copy of a daily devotional which was dated about a month after we learned our office would close. It was quite fitting then, but ironically, it still fits. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21. This was followed by “We know that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character; character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5.

  When I closed the last drawer, I went out on my porch to sit for a minute. At first I felt a little downhearted, but very soon I realized there was no reason to be sad. It was a good career and I’m thrilled to have had it in my life. There are people I miss and parts of “that world” I hated to leave behind, but if it had not ended, I would have missed out on many wonderful things over the last years. I gained useful tools of knowledge from my job I still apply today to various activities and projects I’m involved in. There have been new challenges and many opportunities to get to know more people along the way too.

  Doors we believe will always be accessible can suddenly slam shut, leaving us standing in a hall. The wait there can be short or it can take a bit. Yet if we place our trust in God, a window or another door will appear. Step through the opening without hesitation because when God swings wide open the door, He will be right there to lead the way. The best is yet to come!


 Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.



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