A Closed Door {Thankful Thursdays}

It’s hard to accept when God closes a door, but it happens in everyone’s life one time or another. While we may never understand why, God knows what was on the other side. We like to think we know what was beyond the door and how it was going to be a wonderful experience, but in reality, many times doors close because of  the ugliness on the other side. While it can be hard to say, I’m thankful for a closed door.


Yes, we hurt when we hear the closing sound. Yes, anger tends to build up in us when that door sounds as if it has been slammed in our face. God knows all about it and He feels the pain we go through the moment that door is closed. He feels our sense of hopelessness. But we don’t have to feel hopeless when we have our faith in the Lord.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Psalm 62:5

Just this week, a door closed for our family. It closed in a way I do not understand and I even questioned why several times during a ten-hour road trip back home. While I don’t have the answers to the questions I asked, I know Someone who does. While I want to think this particular door was the PERFECT opportunity for our family, evidently it wasn’t because God DID NOT allow us to walk through that door.

Not every door has beauty behind it.

After praying for two years, it’s hard to not have misguided feelings about the situation. It’s hard to not get upset and become angry. It’s hard to take my eyes off of me and put them back where they belong – on the Lord. But I have to let it all go, I have to focus on what is important, because if I don't,I’ll be in a world of a mess when the bitterness rears its ugly head like in the past.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14

Today, I’m thankful God closes doors, even that one door I thought was going to be the one to provide every opportunity I’ve prayed for, for two years.


  1. Amen, sweet friend! He does know that beauty wasn't behind that door, but that the right door will open someday soon!


  2. Carlton an Rita JohnsonJuly 10, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Sometime the Lord has something better!

  3. Thank you for posting this. It plucked at my heart cords. I do need to see my situation no matter how ugly as a closed door with bigger, better plans (open doors) coming from God.


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