(Photo Caption: "Until God opens the next door for you, praise Him in the hallway.")
Anybody ever have to step out in the hallway to praise God? Maybe you were on the job or in a meeting, and a praise filled your spirit.
"Excuse me," you whisper politely and push your chair back from the table.
I've been in church and felt like leaving the sanctuary just to praise. I could have done it in the pews, but there's something different about an "excuse me praise."
Those are between you and God. They don't have anything to do with entertainment, making a show, or even the praise music.
Hallway praises are different.
So when I saw this graphic posted on Facebook, I knew it was a word for this season. I love the imagery it presents and how it causes us to think beyond the cliche. We are used to talking about "God opening doors" and "man closing doors." The door has been our focus. This graphic, however, challenges us to embrace the hallway.
The hallway is the place of preparation. It's the place where you process what God is doing. It's the pathway from one level to the next. When the Spirit beckons us to the hallway, it's taking our focus off of our immediate surroundings and putting it on God.
Some doors will not open until we praise God in the hallway and until we recognize that what we are going through is for our good and for God's glory.
Now watch this:
As soon as we step through the next open door, we're standing in another hallway. They never end because our preparation and our praise should never end.
Praise Him in the hallway, ladies. Your praise is the key to the next open door.