What Do You Do With Closed Doors?

When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window. – Anonymous

The last post was about what you do with the open door. Today is about what you do with the closed door.

After I thought for a bit about open doors, I started thinking about closed doors and realized that God doesn’t shut doors so you can stand and look at them and try to figure out how to open them again. If a door has been shut, isn’t it best to look for that open window (or door) instead of spending time trying to figure out how to open one that’s been shut?

I have this mental image of me standing at the shut door, trying to open it over and over again, only to find out, yet again, that the door is locked. Eventually I start to pound and yell at the door, trying to get someone on the other side to open it for me again.

It’s exhausting to do that over and over again! But how often do I do that in my life? Instead of being grateful for the opportunities that I was able to experience on the other side of the door, I’m upset that I’m not there anymore.

I find myself doing just that in one area of my life in particular. There’s a group of people that I loved spending time with that moved on to a new part of their life. I miss spending time with them and hearing about how they are and what’s going on in their lives. It’s a normal part of life, people come and go based on what’s going on in their life, but adjusting can be hard. Instead of missing how it used to be, I can be grateful that I had time with them and take advantage of the times they visit.

Do you try to re-open closed doors in your life?

Photo credit: Historic door by Sue Hasker