Bowing to “Closed Doors”

It’s easy to become discouraged when obstacles to a particular goal start piling up until that goal seems insurmountable. Often at the point of frustration, someone inevitably says something like, “Well, it looks like God is closing that door right now.”

And he may or may not be, but really…who are we to say so? And what’s really going on?

Perhaps we are trying to recognize God’s care for us and the way he works in our lives through various circumstances, but the reality is we don’t actually know when he is opening and closing doors for us. All we can do is speculate as far as that’s concerned, and really, that’s as silly a thing to do as staring into a crystal ball. And probably just as offensive.

The reality is some roads are difficult to travel. Some journeys are long. Some goals really do seem insurmountable. And sometimes we will fail. Sometimes we will actually fall completely flat on our faces in embarrassment. But are those reasons to give up?

Perhaps. They might be.

But to claim some secret insight into the mind of God as to whether or not His will is for you to redirect your focus or press on…well, it’s risky business. Because God communicates to us through His word; he doesn’t whisper secrets in our ears. He directs our circumstances and the people who speak into our lives, but it’s our job to make wise choices in light of these circumstances and with the help of wise friends, trusting that he will make the situation right.

Some of our best work is the result of experience gained through failing over and over again. Sometimes we should press on. Sometimes we need to fight. Sometimes we need to feel the pain it takes to accomplish something important.

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Beka Johnson
Beka Johnson

Beka is the Director of Inbound Marketing for a fintech company in the Seattle area. She loves dabbling, reading, scheming, writing, and dreaming up ways to make good things better. When she’s not working, you can find her digging up all sorts of adventures in her new city.

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