Closed Doors

1 Peter 5: 6-7“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 

These hot summer days have us operating under a strict “closed door” policy at our church. Meaning, we better leave all of the doors closed so the air conditioner will cool the building properly or you face the wrath of my Father in Law who is in charge of things like that.

Brady, my oldest, was complaining about all of the doors the other morning as we rushed in late to church. “Why are their so many doors?” he moaned as he tugged on three of them to get to Sunday school. The doors are kind of heavy (and Brady was kind of grumpy.)

Laughing, I told my dear sweet child that life is full of doors. Open ones. Closed ones. Locked and barricaded ones. Sometimes God is holding them open for us with a warm smile and a “Good morning Paige!” Other times, He’s got that thing sealed so tightly nothing is ever going to get through it.

He knows which ones we need to go through. He knows which ones we need to close. He also knows which ones we need to keep walking right on by.

Sometimes we can stare at a door so hard, trying will all of our might to make it open. We can tug, and pull, and yank, and cry, and pray. It’s still not budging. We ask God why is He refusing to keep it closed? We become angry with Him. We think He doesn’t care.

Just as the doors are kept closed in my church building to keep  it from overheating, God keeps doors closed to protect us. He knows what’s best for us.He is the author of our stories and the creator of our journeys. As humans, we find it hard to see the bigger picture ahead of us. We can only see the one door that’s not opening right in front of us.

We fail to realize Jesus has so many more doors ahead for us.

In 1 Peter 5, Peter reminds us to humble ourselves before the Lord. We are not in charge and He will exalt us. We only need to cast our cares upon Him.

He will take care of it.

In due time and not a second before.

No matter how hard we kick that door.

 

 

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