When I was a kid, this was the most boring part of the movie. An old nun sitting at a window staring out singing = FFWD on the VCR remote. I wanted to hear the Von Trapps singing and running around the hillsides.
SO the quote.
"When God closes a door, He always opens a window."
I've been standing at a door for a year or so waiting for it to open. Then I started knocking on the door and it still didn't open. Then I tried to open it by force. That didn't work, so I ran around the house looking for that open window that Mother Abess told me would be open because dang it, that door was closed and locked. Guess what? Window not open. So I looked through the window. And what I saw caused me to furrow my brow.
I was trying to break into a house that would take me down a path that would be OK, something I was good at, but definitely not something I was passionate about.
God could have opened that door for me but He knows better. I'm so thankful. I was putting limits on what He wanted to do in and through me and picked a door that I thought was good enough. But now I see that He's leading me to a place where He can use me and my giftings for something I'm passionate about. Something that won't fizzle out after a few months or years. Something more eternal.
Look through the window before pounding down the door. It will save you a lot of time and energy.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9