Slowly but surely, I’m beginning to recognize closed doors. At first, it started with the realization that not all opportunities were from my divine creator….God; Some were even meant to get me off the right path and on to the wrong one, leading me not only into tempting situations but even dangerous ones. Even though I can’t claim to be an expert at telling the difference; I can say, that after years of making mistakes, I am less apt now to rush into anything without crystal clear guidance from The Lord. In fact, Jesus does promise this one thing: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:6. I have had to remind myself that as long as I am seeking His will and praying about these opportunities, even if I screw up and take the wrong path, He is faithful to close the door and lead me back onto the right one.
Closed doors are often disguised as God’s protection. For instance, I remember a man who was late for his outbound flight on 9/11. They closed the doors 10 minutes prior to departure and there was no way of getting down the jet bridge. The man was irate and made sure the gate agent knew it……..giving her an earful. Days later, after realizing his plane went down in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, he sought out the gate agent who had closed the jet bridge door on him, and apologized.
However, just recently, I have encountered a different kind of closed-door. I was riding in the car with my friend one day, when suddenly, I had an epiphany. She turned to me and said something that spoke right to my heart, as if God was speaking through her. It dawned on me, that I had been trying in vain to get someone in my family to take some advice: Advice that was important, advice that could possibly be life saving, sound advice…… which resulted after years of doing some research. Amid all my efforts I saw, that this too, was a type of closed-door. The kind of door I’ve spent most of my life trying in vain to break down. The lesson for me was learning to “let go”, releasing control of the situation and trusting God with the outcome, and respecting others for the choices they make, even if those choices seem harmful.
All in all, there are many lessons to be learned from closed doors. Perhaps for me, the biggest one is learning to Trust God when the door is shut and leaning not on my own understanding.