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Jun
25

Windows and Hallways and Doors – OH MY!

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When God closes a door, He opens a window.

God never shuts one door without opening another.

Until God opens a door, praise Him in the hallway.

Adoorwayh, the ubiquitous Christianese quotes for those waiting on God or looking for their “next move” or struggling with the unknown. We spout them off faster than John 3:16 and feel a measure of goodness about the smooth caress of the comforting words.

But do we stop and consider what’s being said? Can these popular platitudes – though “tried and true” – really be tried and found true?

When one of the aforementioned quotes appeared on our church sign, I read it several times without giving it a second thought. I’ve been “praising God in the hallway” for almost ten years, so I gave my quick “amen” and away I went.

And then I began to consider my own “hallway” and how God might view it and whether or not the quote really depicted what was occurring. Maybe God put me here, in what I perceive to be a hallway.

Maybe there are no open doors on this pathway because I’m not supposed to be going anywhere else. Maybe I’m precisely where He wants me to be, and I need to stop looking for my next opportunity and start serving and obeying Him right here, right now. I may only think I’m in the hallway, when He’s really led me to the exact place I need to be. The problem here is not placement; it’s my perspective.

I also hear an underlying urgency when I read quotes like these. There’s a sense of “don’t worry, you’ll be moving on to the next best thing soon” or “okay, that didn’t work out so hurry and look for  something new”. The plea to be obedient where you’re at, to serve God and find joy where you are in this moment and in this day is sadly overlooked. God may have to shut all the doors because, like busy toddlers, we’d wander off into dangerous streets without some kind of containment.

I wonder if, at times, we look like a scene out of a bad thriller. Running without direction, pulling on every door, hoping one is open so we can keep running aimlessly. And what God is saying is, “Be still. Cease striving” (Psalm 46:10). He wants us to be content wherever we’re at (Philippians 4:11). Yes, God directs our lives. He prevents and promotes and protects faithfully and perfectly. Yes, sometimes He asks us to wait and sometimes He asks us to move. He asks us to seek, He asks us to knock, He asks us to follow. He also commands us to keep our eyes fixed on Him (Hebrews 12:2) and to set our perspectives on the eternal (Colossians 3:2).

It’s not about making a deal and choosing the right door for your next big prize. It’s about the God who stands at your side and directs your paths. It’s about trusting and obeying and following Him, in waiting and in advancing. As you do those things and as you listen, “your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21).

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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