My sweet Portuguese grandmother always used to tell me, "God doesn't shut a door without opening a window." We all have times in our lives when we feel we have missed out on opportunities, made the wrong choice , have been impulsive when we should have taken the time to think things through. I am sure everyone at one time or another has been betrayed by someone they love or someone whose friendship they had valued. So often, in my own life when things like those mentioned above happened to me I would get discouraged and become frustrated over things which in reality often I had no control over. Never, in my early years did I think to myself, "maybe, God is shutting that door for a reason."
Closed door...why do we so often try to continue to try and walk through them? I have found the doors I so desperately wanted to keep open were actually a blessing in that they moved me forward in my life. Sometimes, they took me out of and away from relationships that only dragged me down and enabled me to be someone I really wasn't because I just wanted to be accepted. As I have matured I have come to realize not everyone has to like me or accept me and those closed doors give me a chance to turn to the One whose Voice I do need to listen to and to reflect on what my next steps should be on this journey of life. For me personally, I never want to lose sight of who I am in God's eyes.
I want to stay connected to my Creator, to the people who understand my dreams and encourage me to keep my dreams alive. I want to be with those whose values reflect my own and who can be real....people who can and will hold me accountable. There are times when people are only meant to be in your life for a season When I left my position at the Crisis Pregnancy Center I made it after lots of heartfelt prayer as I loved what I was doing. My Mom was dying and I needed to spend as much time as I could with her and my husband had transportation issues. My Mom died shortly after and those first few weeks I wasn't sure if it had been the right decision, but God almost immediately opened new doors. A passion for art that had been dormant in my heart for years was once again ignited and I knew this was God's way of opening a new door.
I believe God closes the doors that He no longer wants us to continue to walk through ...He will keep us from certain activities and allowing us to truly have eyes that see maybe the company we are trying to fit in with isn't the company He needs for us to be with. When I have listened to God and to those who truly do have my best interests at heart I am always blessed, when I have not then very often the consequences have been painful. God always wants what is best for us and for our lives. Will you trust His leading today?
Provers 3: 5-6 says:"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Can you submit?