Open & Shut Case – (Closed Doors)

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Revelation 3:7 NIV
There is no rejection quite like a door slammed in your face.  I’ve been hired then fired, accepted then rejected, and loved and left.  It’s hard not to take it personally.
I often catch myself before a closed door, gripping hold of the handle with both hands, bracing my feet on the outer casing and pulling with all my might. I’ve believed if I slammed my shoulder in the door hard enough, whatever I desired could be obtained.
Two-year-old children and teenagers are known for doing the opposite of what we suggest they do.  I act no better when God says NO and a door of opportunity closes.  My grabbing and pulling only has me falling to the ground in embarrassment with a sore hand.
My vision can become so narrow that I don’t see the door just to the right or left.  Focusing my efforts on the door that is closing often gets my fingers pinched and I miss the sliver of light emitting from the door that’s slightly ajar.
The old saying, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” is a good reminder that if the door is closing, it might be time to leave and quickly.  Door number two may be unknown, but if God has you in front of it and it swings open, it’s bound to be the Grand Prize.  What you’ve left behind will look like “chump change” when you are finally able to get the perspective found in comparing what you left to what you were given.
Letting go of my will releases the stress of trying to make something happen that seems impossible to obtain.  The effortless success that follows inevitably takes me by surprise and reminds me what I want and what is God’s best are often two different things.
The key to the right door is Jesus.  Without him, I’m locked out and lack direction.  With him opportunities open magically like the electronic opener in my car opens my garage.  The light comes on, you know you were expected, and the Welcome Wagon is there to meet you.  You’ve arrived and you’re home.
  1. Debbie King, 29 May, 2011

    Jo Rae,
    You really spoke directly to me on this one. Fortunately, I have learned to walk away from those closed doors. It took many years of fighting that urge to hang on but I have found God always has a better plan. I still have to fight the temptation sometimes, but life is short and minutes are precious and you have to live in the moment not the past. Thanks for sharing these timely comments.

  2. Phylenia, 29 May, 2011

    Good read, JoRae…

    Awesome God!

    Praying the LORD will bless you indeed and enlarge your territory!

    You are loved, fellow scribe.


  3. jorae, 29 May, 2011

    Thank you, precious friend! I pray the same for you! Blessings~

  4. jorae, 29 May, 2011

    Thanks, Debbie. God has such patience with me, with all of us, doesn’t He? I’m learning every day to lean more and more on His will, His plan. I appreciate your comments.

  5. Cathee Poulsen, 30 May, 2011

    So many good lessons in your post, Jo Rae. We can’t shoulder our way through life without making lots of wrong choices. It’s much harder to wait for the right door to open by the power of God and then find the faith to walk through it, but the results are worth the difficulty. Thanks for thinking this all through and sharing your heart.

  6. jorae, 30 May, 2011

    I got a few bruises along the way when I shouldered my way in. You’re so right, Cathee, it’s amazing how different the results are when I wait on God. Thank you.


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