Another door slammed shut.
Sometimes it feels like a slap in the face.
At the very least, it leaves us confused, disappointed, perhaps even disillusioned.
But what does it really mean when God closes another door?
Recently, this was my truth. In fact, it still is.
I seem to be in a time of transition, at least as far as “work” (the paid kind), goes.
So I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about this lately, and frankly, just trying to figure it out.
Some friends on Facebook posted this, and it’s seems to be speaking truth to many.
Here are some thoughts I’m having about the closed doors in my life:
A closed door is a type of boundary.
Boundaries don’t always feel good. They are not always fun. They feel like they are robbing us of freedom.
But they are always for our protection. It may feel uncomfortable, but when God closes a door, it really wasn’t our door. He’s not failing us. He’s keeping us from what isn’t meant to be.
Just as an earthly parent must provide loving boundaries for a child, so God shows us where it is safe and healthy to go.
We need to trust that when God puts a boundary in our path, it is not to hurt us, but for our good.
A closed door is not necessarily forever.
You’ve heard it said that God always answers prayer; he sometimes responds with “yes”, sometimes a clear “no”, and sometimes with “wait”.
A closed door could be the end of a particular dream or season. Or it could just not be the right time. God knows things that we don’t (surprise, surprise!).
We need to trust God’s perfect timing.
A closed door is clearly leading us in a different direction.
When God closes a door in our lives, he isn’t just stopping us. He is making it obvious that we need to go in another direction.
This is most comforting to me. God doesn’t just stop us from doing a particular thing; he leads us in a better way that He has planned for us.
Sometimes I believe He wants us to leave the past in the past.
We need to follow His leading.
A closed door tests our trust.
Sometimes I think God allows a door to close in order to see if we will still trust Him.
I’m not saying He just closes doors to play around with us or tease us, but He may partly be testing our love, devotion and faith in Him. (Remember Job?)
I don’t believe God just does things to make our lives difficult, but sometimes he allows difficult things to cause us to uncomfortably stretch and grow.
Often times God needs to see if we are willing to give something up. Then He is free to either give it back to us (in our open hand), or give us something better.
We need to remain unconditionally devoted to our Lord, and truly trust Him with our lives, no matter what the outcome.
I’d like to suggest some reflections from Psalm 139. (Why not take a moment to read it?)
God knows us, He created us, and He planned every day of our lives before we were even born. Because He knows and loves us so deeply, the only reasonable response is to follow Him. As we surrender to Him, he will protect our hearts and lead us in the way He has planned for us.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
So what about you? Are there any closed doors in your life right now? Are you willing to trust that your Creator knows what is best for your life?