I am a huge fan of Oswald Chambers who wrote “My Utmost For His Highest”. I just got a new copy of it because I had pretty much worn mine out and I hope that this new one will hold up for quite a while because it is my all time favorite devotional. Sometimes I have to read the selection several times before I can really understand what he is getting at. He is a pretty deep fellow. A recent selection got me thinking about doors.
God never again opens the doors that have been closed. He opens other doors , but he reminds us that there have been doors that we have shut—doors which had no need to be shut….God will turn what might have been into a wonderful lesson of growth for the future.
How many doors have I allowed to shut without even realizing that I allowed that to happen? How many times have I closed my eyes to the possibility of something that could have made a difference in the direction that my life was taking? Have I actually learned from any of the doors that I shut on my own? Have I been able to move past the disappointment of shutting a door that I should have kept open and walked through boldly?
The phrase “when God closes a door He opens a window” has been emblazoned everywhere. You can find it on cards, signs, written in the margins of Bibles and even on clothing. I think it is one of those catch phrases that people take comfort in and I must admit that there have been times when I have recited that phrase to myself in an effort to move forward.
We may never know why a door is closed, why a window remains closed or what opportunity might have gone by the wayside. That is where I have found my faith kicks in. I just know. Deep in my heart. I know that God is there and that I can look for another door, another window or even maybe just a pinprick of light at the end of the dark tunnel that I am in.
What a wonderful thing that our God allows us to move on, to acknowledge when we do not follow perhaps the best path and allow us another chance and another path. The knowledge that He is with me—no matter how many doors I inexplicably close—that is the most wonderful thing to know and claim as truth.