This month I celebrated my thirty something ;) birthday. As I look back over my life, I am grateful for so many things and one of them is CLOSED DOORS!
A decade ago, while in the process to buy my first home, I found one that had everything I wanted, except the color of brick. I shared with a friend that the house was too good to be true.
I asked, “Why would God give me exactly what I asked for?” She responded, “Why wouldn’t He?”
After a few days, I returned to find the home was no longer available. However, another house with everything the first one had, including the color of brick I wanted, was available to be built from the ground up.
One door closed, BUT a better one opened. I walked right through it and purchased my first home.
So, do not get discouraged over a house, promotion, job, relationship or opportunity that did not come your way. I have learned that sometimes NO simply means NOT NOW because God has something better in store for you.
I’m grateful for doors that closed on relationships. Had they not closed, I would have missed out on one of the best things that happened to me – my husband.
I’m grateful for the doors that closed on jobs I thought I wanted. Had they not closed, I would have missed out on the opportunity I have now to get paid for something I would literally do for free.
“Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.”
– Joel Osteen
God has a plan for our lives and it does not always look the way we imagined. However, we must trust that His plan is to prosper us, not harm us.
So many times, when doors close, we spend so much time banging on them that we miss the open door right next to it.
Maybe the door closed because we would not be able to handle what is on the other side. Maybe the door closed to strengthen, or prepare, us for the doors to come. Maybe the door closed to protect us.
So, the next time a door closes in your face, instead of being discouraged, BE ENCOURAGED! See it as a blessing, a protection, or an opportunity for something greater to happen.
Have a blessed day!
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