We have all heard phrases about God closing or opening doors and windows. "When God closes a door, He will open another one"...or "When God closes a door, He opens a window"...or a new twist I saw recently... "When God closes a door, wait in the hallway".
During a quick search on Google I found several websites commenting on these Closed Doors. There were other blog posts about the subject, some articles, and even at least one ministry named after the phrase. I've used it myself in a post I wrote earlier in the month.
For the past few weeks I have been walking through Open Doors. The first one I found standing open...I wasn't completely sure I wanted to go inside...but the door was already standing open...so I stepped inside and took a look around and found the environment warm and welcoming...so I went through that door and walked right up to the next one.
That door was ajar...I hesitated...but then decided I would push it open the rest of the way...I stood in the doorway for a bit and realized it too was welcoming me inside. So I walked through that door and kept right on going until I got to the next door.
That door was closed. It stopped me in my tracks...but then after pondering it a bit...I didn't want to end my journey there...so I tried the doorknob and it was unlocked. I bravely opened that door and peeked inside. And once again....I felt invited in...so I slowly walked in and continued on to the next door.
As I got closer...I thought I saw the next door standing open and I wasn't sure if I wanted to go through it or not. I stopped and thought about it...I went back and forth about the Pros and Cons of going through that door. I was pretty sure I didn't want to go through that door...but I finally started toward the door again. By the time I got there, it was closed. The door was closed.
I tried the doorknob and found that it was locked. The shades were drawn. I was not invited to enter. The door was closed to me.
At first I just shrugged because I had pretty much decided I wasn't going to go through that door anyway. But then...I thought about it some more...and I felt frustrated because I didn't get to make the decision. It was made for me. I could not go through that door. And even though by this point I really knew I didn't want to go through it...I was still upset that I didn't have the choice.
There I was...with a Locked Door...no Window in sight...not wanting to wait in the Hallway.
So yesterday...when I was supposed to be fulfilling my October Quest...I was sitting in the Hug Chair wondering WHY I didn't get to go through the door I didn't really want to go through anyway.
Today I remembered what Jesus said:
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." ~Luke 11:9
Now I am thinking about other Doors. And when I get to the next door...maybe I'll just...knock.