I never liked the saying: “Whenever God closes a door, He opens a window.”

What good is an open window, compared to a door?

I thought.

What are you supposed to do? Climb out the window?

Shows my faulty driven thinking—all about going, doing, accomplishing things. Finally I think I’m seeing that sitting by an open window gains more, most often, than rushing through an open door.

Through open door, the view gravity-pulls earthward. I notice paving stones and porch steps, open lawn and driveway, sidewalk and roadway. The possibilities beyond, the “next steps,” beckon. The door’s ajar, cajoling.

But by an open window, I more likely come to rest. Then, gazing out, my vision runways to soar beyond this earth. The view angles me, up, up, to meet heaven’s light rays angling down. I breathe in instead of rushing out. My heart refuels.

Yet, foolish sheep wanting a run, I still mourn closed doors sometimes, grieve through open windows. Till a dove of peace flies in, lights gently on my shoulder, says be still, look up, behold what great things God has done.

That’s it. Too much I want to look and see what great things I have done. Want to go rush out and do some more.

I do nothing, it turns out, when I read the tally. God does all. If I don’t see that, all I am is animal bounding, aimed earthly. And a prideful animal is such a foolish thing!

And Heaven disappears.

“Stand still, and see [what] the LORD… will accomplish,” He says (Exd 14:13). “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (Jas 4:8).

Daniel inhaled power by the window (Dan 6:10), and so, later on, could exhale faith.

So now I make my way to the window, and sing in softened solitude,

“Lord, I Have Shut the Door.”


2 thoughts on “On Closed Doors and Open Windows

  1. Oh yeah, I need this. I will leave the page up to share with Dale when he comes home. Thanks again for the blessed fellowship on the phone this afternoon!

    1. It was such a blessing for me, as well. God just works these things together, doesn’t He? Amazing!

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