The adage we don’t want to hear, but need to, “When God Closes a Door…”

by Spike Bowan  |  published on June 8, 2017

It’s an old saying that I have heard many variants of my entire life. “When God closes a door, he opens a window…” or “When God closes a door he’ll open another one”

It’s funny. I have even used this line as advice for friends in times of need, not just heard it when I was in need. It is truly a frustrating saying. It’s not what we want to hear when it is said to us. We want answers. We want the problem solved.

If only there was an instruction manual on life and how to deal with difficult situations that arise. Oh, wait. There is. It’s called the Bible.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”

I find personally, that I struggle with this at times. Trusting God. Asking him continuously, “what his will is for my life.” But I am beginning to understand that this isn’t what I need to be asking. In fact, it is a very selfish thing to ask. What I need to be asking is “What is Gods will?”

Christian Blogger, Jhun Cunanan says this; “…stop asking God to show you His will for your life and ask Him to show you what He is doing, and then join Him!”

God is always working. This world is filled with so much and so many people that to the human mind; it would be inconceivable to manage it all. We get so disappointed by the doors that were just slammed in our faces, that we focus on it for way too long and may miss other opportunities that present themselves.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I use this verse a lot in my life. I am constantly trying to find my place in this world and to find the path that God is wanting me to travel. A friend once told me, that he is very excited to see what I’ll do next. When I asked him what he meant by this he simply said, “…you throw 1000 things at the wall seeing what will stick. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next…”

His words echoed in my brain, and still do to this day. Doors close, but I keep trying anyway. One path becomes blocked, and I turn and try another path. I have so many projects that I am working on, that it seems to some like I am grasping for a limb to cling to as I fall. I have felt this way too. I am not however. I am trying to find what God is working on in this world, and to join him in his work. God is on the move at all times, and I need to catch up to him. I don’t need to be focusing on the ten thousand doors that have closed in my face.

It is something that I feel many people can relate to. You can’t sit there and whine and mope over the door that just closed. It may be painful, it may hurt; but it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps that door that just closed in your face would have led to far greater pain and anguish in the future had it remained open?

Don’t fret over closed doors. Turn around and see the other door that is open just behind you.