The Doors of Heaven


It takes courage to chart a course of obedience. It is perhaps the biggest life change most people will intentionally experience. It will initially seem inconvenient. Your resolve will be tested. You will have more opposition and more reasons to falter. But, when your resolve is inspired, and your eye is single, then the blessings that flow are astonishing.

Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is doing what is right in spite of the fear. It is to act with valor regardless of the consequences – because your mission came from God. Then, it is courage supercharged by faith. It is not to know the outcome; only that it will be good, and your life will be blessed, no matter the immediate outcome of your action.

Consider a scenario where you have a hostile boss, someone who has made it very clear he or she will fire you if you mention your faith again. Then, while standing near them in the lunch line, the Spirit moves you again and again to testify of Christ. Logic tells you that you will lose your job, faith tells you it is the right thing to do, courage tells you to do it anyway.

So, you testify, right there in public, right there for everyone to hear. You act with valor, and you lose your job. You leave the lunch room and go home – and you rejoice.

About twelve years ago I was self-employed. We had more than enough for our needs. I was working at home one weekend when the Spirit plainly said, “You need to double your income.” At first I considered this was impossible. I would have to go back to school, perhaps sell my business and take employment elsewhere. I began to worry about how to fulfill this instruction. Then a thought came through just as clearly – when the Lord commands, he also prepares a way for the accomplishment of what he commands. It wasn’t really my problem, it was the Lord’s. I bowed my head and committed to do anything I could to obey. I would do my part, but I just believed that the Lord would provide.

That following Sunday after church I was walking past the High Council room where I saw a friend sitting at the table with his head in his hands. He looked troubled.

“What’s going on Roy?” I asked. The best way to describe Roy is that he looks like Santa Clause without a costume. He had a big white beard, white hair, and a jolly, chubby smile.

“Oh, I was just thinking that I was going to lose this contract I have. I had a guy working on it, but he has run into problems, and has quit. I can’t find anyone else who knows this system.”

“What type of work is it?” I asked. I really had no idea what Roy did for a living. I sat opposite him at the table.

Roy shook his head. “It’s technical training on a complicated metering system at the Valdez Marine Terminal. There are so few people who understanding metering, and especially that East Metering system. I’m going to just have to tell them I can’t get it done.”

“Well, Roy, I’m familiar with East Metering at the Terminal. I’ve worked on that system many times.” I actually worked there for five years in the early eighties.

Roy asked me a bunch of technical questions, which I answered easily.

“I’d be glad to help you, Roy. What do you need me to do?”

“Do you have time? I know you have your own business to run.”

“I can let the employees handle it for a few weeks. What do you need me to do?”

Roy leaned forward. “I’ll pay you to do the work.”

“Roy, I’m offering to help. I’m not asking for work.”

Roy took out a piece of paper and wrote a number on it. “I’ll pay you that much an hour to finish this project. It should take about a month. You can work as much overtime as you want.”

I turned the paper towards me. It was then that I felt the Spirit whisper that this is how the Lord intended me to double my income. The number took my breath away. I finally said, “Roy, I’m your man.”

I contracted work for Roy for nearly twelve years. I hired a manager for my business, and worked full time with Roy, which actually tripled my income, then quadrupled it a few years later. My work with Roy continued until he retired a few months before the Lord sent us to Utah. It was a one score and two year blessing that never faltered.

Greater than the miracle of the money, the Lord’s blessing to me then, was that in addition to the impossible assignment, He also gave me faith and courage to believe He would provide a way to accomplishment it. I had never done technical training, or technical writing, or teaching technical classes. But, I knew it was right because the Lord had provided it. So it didn’t really surprise me when it turned out that I enjoyed it, and was good at it.

It has given me wonder over the years, and it has given me peace. Now when the Spirit speaks, I tend to view it as the doors of heaven opening before me, not as impossible mountains I must climb.

Brother John

About John Pontius

I am a lover of truth.
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9 Responses to The Doors of Heaven

  1. Michelle says:

    I wanted to let you know that I send an excerpt of your blog to my missionary son every week, he doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on the computer so it’s usually just a paragraph.Thank you,again, for your great influence in my family’s life.

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  2. Kim says:

    John once again your thoughts have given me such a feeling of peace. God sent you to say what we’ve needed to hear said, and I feel gratitude He found you willing to obey that inspiration as well.

    I find obedience to inspiration to be darn near impossible sometimes.I wait and wait for the inspiration to follow that will show me how I can accomplish what I’ve been told to do. Some of the tasks are quite beyond me, actually. For instance I’ve been warned to get off a drug I’ve been on for more than ten years. It is damaging my heart, this much I know, but to go off of it would reduce my life to being barely livable. It would also make the lives of all my family members unlivable. I don’t know what to do, the suggestions made to me by the Spirit so far are too steep and difficult to try. Everything seems beyond my grasp. So I envy you I guess. Yours seemed a straight-forward path from admonition to accomplishment.

    Anyhow, I’m curious (if you don’t mind the question)- did you end up writing the technical manuals for this metering system, is that what you meant by technical writing?

    -Kim

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    • unblogmysoul says:

      Hi Kim,

      Yes, I wrote the technical training for East Metering, then went on for another twelve years. I know life is more complicated than I write about it. I’m speaking in the ideal, and calling upon clear experiences to illustrate. In reality we often have to wait upon the Lord. The answers require more faith, and it tugs at our heartstrings. This one thing I do know, which is that the Lord is constantly with us, and that He does lead us safely all the way to the end.

      Brother John

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  3. Amanda says:

    John,
    I really enjoy reading your stories. Your story reminds me of one of the prophets (I can’t remember which one…Heber J. Grant?)who was in debt, and desired to go on a mission, but he had too much debt, family, etc. However, he knew that the Lord would provide a way and sure enough, he followed the Spirit everyday to show him the way how to make money each day in order to pay it all off and hence, went on a mission. It was a big amount of money and paid it off in a short amount of time, I recall. Amazing! Real power! I want to be obedient and follow the Spirit and the Lord. Really is inspiring. Thank-you for posting these personal and uplifting stories!

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  4. Annette says:

    “When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment, God will endow us with power.”
    -Ezra Taft Benson

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  5. Marty Judd says:

    Just what I needed to hear. Thank you John

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  6. K-Jo says:

    Brother John, Your words are so inspiring. They help me want to keep moving, keep looking forward, keep trying. I sent your book with my son on his mission. He left just one week ago. I am going to copy some of these blogs and send them. I would like him to learn to listen to the spirit early in his life and to really understand how to do that. Thank you for the time and effort you take to do this.

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  7. K-Jo says:

    Brother John, Your words are so inspiring. It is always that extra little nudge that helps me keep moving, keep looking forward, keep trying. My son just left for Korea on his mission. I sent your first book with him. I am going to copy some of your blogs to him, because I want him to have the desire to develop the gift of living by the Spirit early in his life. Thank you so much for the time you take to do this.

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