I found this quote from an unknown source thought provoking.
“If God shuts a door, quit banging on it.”
I can think of times in my life when I thought I had a great idea to act upon, but someone stepped in and said, “No, you can’t do that.” And I found no way around their objection, so had to give up on the plan and pursue alternatives.
I can think of instances where I wanted to take up a plan of action with my wife, but she had other ideas, so I had to change my plan for the greater good.
The human mind often makes plans that it thinks are the “greatest plans ever,” but they don’t always work out. What appeared to be an open door is not open. The opportunity we thought was there, is not.
This is not to say that there are times when what appears to be a shut door can be opened. That’s a whole other blog…
For this blog, I’m talking about the times when the door is not opening or isn’t ready to open yet.
When faced with closed doors, it’s helpful to remember that whatever plan God makes for us is brought to fruition.
When a door appears shut, it’s not because God shut that door. It may be because God is taking you in a different direction than you previously realized.
God never shuts doors of opportunity. He only opens them.
If self-will, self-righteousness, ego or pride are motivating us, we may think a shut door should be an open door, and in protest, keep banging on it but have only a bruised fist and hoarse voice to show for our efforts.
God always knows best and is always acting in our best interest. He never leads us up to a closed door. Only to open ones.
As we truly listen to the voice of wisdom and humbly follow where divine Love leads, we’ll head down a progressive path. We’ll walk by the shut doors and walk through the open ones. And God will keep opening doors to ensure our continued progress. And there may be a point where that “shut door,” we thought was never going to open, opens.
God’s timing is perfect. Trust it!
“I have opened a door for you that no one can close” Revelation 3:8, NLT.