Friday, January 6, 2012

When the door is closed and the window is too...

I was thinking the other day about the quote, "When God closes a door, He always opens a window."  I first heard this quote in the Sound of Music when Maria visits the nun lady (Mother Abess) for advice and said nun lady belts out, "CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN".

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.

I digress.
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


  1. Thank you for sharing that! I needed to hear that. I think that is something we all need to remember. I have a few doors I am waiting to open or even a window to crawl through and sometimes it's so hard to wait. Have a blessed day!

  2. Melissa, thanks for the encouragement. It's great to know that we're not alone in these things, isn't it? Others are going through the same things and God is so graceful and merciful to us.

  3. I needed to hear that today! Literally- TODAY. Thanks lady :)

  4. Lora! God is so great like that, isn't He? Thanks for commenting ;)

  5. Beautiful. I'm so glad you are being lead into something you are passionate about.


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