Doors and Windows


Let’s face it. Many times in life we don’t know exactly where we are headed or how to get there. Life is like taking a guided road trip where we are only positive we are trying to reach Heaven. The road we travel has twists and turns with plenty of options to change direction. But what do we do? Do we never turn off the road we are on, even if it looks like we are going over a cliff? Or do we take every side road that looks good?

We depend on our Guide. He knows where we are going and how to get us there. So let’s let Him lead us. I think the hardest thing for me about letting myself be led is wondering if I’m being told to act and missing it. Then I start thinking about the times I have felt it was abundantly clear what I am supposed to do. For instance, I had two options for graduate school. The night before one interview there was an ice storm that shut down the interstate I would have traveled. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe God didn’t bring the ice storm on my account. Maybe He arranged the timing of my interview to use the ice storm. However it happened I believe God put me where He wanted me to be.

There are other examples, but suffice it to say that when God wanted me to stay where I was, doors didn’t open. When He was ready for me to move, if I didn’t take the hint, He became more persistent. The transitions are absolutely not easy, but they are necessary.

When the fog rolls in and our view is shortened in the murky oblivion, let’s not panic. Just like when you are driving and can only see what is right in front of you, we don’t have to see the entire course of our lives spreading out in front of us. In fact, we aren’t supposed to. Then what use would faith be? I believe God shows us what we need to see when we need to see it. He has a plan, and that’s all that matters.

When a door closes behind us God will open another door to walk through. Or a window big enough to climb through. Or sometimes a skylight so that, ready or not, we learn to fly.

May The Lord bless and keep you,


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