Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

A Collection of Closed Doors – What Now?

on August 27, 2014

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“When God closes a door, He opens a window.”

I’ve heard this catch phrase, and others like it, all my life. Some young people brought up in Christian homes probably think it’s a scripture from the Bible, though it’s not. It’s just a phrase Christians oftentimes use to explain and accept that a direction they were going is no longer a possibility and therefore God must have something better in mind. He closes a door. He opens another….or a window?

Why the window, by the way? Is it to indicate that the second option is more difficult? Requires more effort? Perhaps it’s that the jump down from the window will require a leap of faith? Regardless, I did a couple of quick searches to identify the origins of this phrase.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look 
so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we 
do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

Seems to be wise words from Mr. Bell there, although he indicates that the doors themselves are opening and closing themselves rather than being opened and closed by someone or something. I believe whole-heartedly that God opens and closes “door”, opportunities, etc. I also believe that doors are opened and closed by our choices, and not just ours personally but the choices of mankind. I’m not saying that God isn’t sovereign. He certainly is, and nothing happens that doesn’t cross his “desk” so to say for approval or veto. God allows us to make choices and therefore some of those choices are going to be us pushing open doors that should be closed and cementing closed windows that could be the right way out. It’s called free will.

God does close and open doors though, and He does guide us in the way He wants us to go. Sometimes in life it seems like all we have is closed doors. Being one who has been through many times of trouble and difficult periods of time, there have been occasions when I’ve felt the tug of my heart to lose hope that I’ll ever have an open door. Closed doors. Slammed shut doors. Locked down and boarded doors. I’ve looked down a hallway of endless possibilities and all my eye can see is closed doors.

You know, it can feel that way sometimes. We have the desires of our hearts. We want to happily married. We want to have healthy children. We want to serve in ministry. We want to achieve success in one way or another. We want to provide for our children well. We want these opened doors. It’s so very hard when all of the doors, or some of the most important to you, seem to be closed forever. Heartache. Loss. Hopelessness. These can set in. We can’t take our eyes off of them. We sit there tapping at the closed door until our hands are sore and our hearts broken.

Maybe Mr. Bell was right? It might not be scripture, but wisdom all the same. If we focus too long and hard on the closed door that we fail to see the opened door. We miss it. We also forget to be thankful for the opened doors. We can’t see beyond the closed door.

You know, there was a time I thought that God has closed the door for me to have children naturally. I had suffered infertility for four years. I had been pounding away at that door, heartbroken it wasn’t opening. Finally I moved further down the hallway and started exploring other doors and options. I was about to knock on another door when suddenly, by the hand of God, the door that I had pounded on for years swung wide open. My precious little girl was waiting on the other side…waiting for the right time. God’s timing. He opened the door when everything was perfectly in place.

It may seem like all you have is a collection of closed doors, but God’s got a plan. If we trust Him, He will open the right doors at the right time in the right order and with a glorious outcome. The problem is, we need to keep our eyes on Him and what He’s doing instead of gluing them to one closed door. We need to put the sledgehammer away and stop trying to open the doors in our flesh when we know it isn’t of God. We need to walk by faith and hope, expecting God to do what He does so perfectly. Bring your requests to Him and He will open and close the doors by His perfect knowledge and timing.

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9



5 responses to “A Collection of Closed Doors – What Now?

  1. valeribarnes says:

    Good words!! Thanks for sharing this. I agree! I will add that we should be grateful for closed doors as well. They are not a bad thing. They’re God’s protection. We often rush in where we don’t belong. (Okay, so you know my history and I’m an expert at this!) I’m glad for a closed door recently in a relationship. It was a good thing for me to have the door closed as I might not have been able to do it myself.
    Rev 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.’
    Anyway, I know you know all this. I hope I didn’t just spoil your next post which may have been a follow up? Don’t want to tweak your gig! 😉

  2. That’s nice and God bless you. But I want to say that Christians need to review the meaning of “God’s sovereignty”. If one says God is sovereign as the dictionary explains it then it’s quite understandable. But if he takes God’s sovereignty to mean what most religious folks claim, as the one who causes everything to come upon us (including sicknesses, diseases, accidents, untimely death etc) then I tell you the devil has already the victory over him. My point is this: God doesn’t control everything because He is sovereign. Our God is a good God and every good and perfect gift comes from Him. God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Please let’s be watchful of the evil doctrines circulating in the church today. Think about this: Can a kingdom divided against itself stand?

    • I agree with you brother. To say that God causes all things is to say He would cause us to sin. The God of the Bible would never do that. He allows us freedom to choose to follow Him or to walk in sin and evil. The Word says He desires that all men would seek Him but He does not force us. Thanks for sharing brother Charles.

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