What are you doing with the closed doors in your life? How are you responding? If you spend all of your time mourning the doors that are closed, you may well miss the coming door that opens up.
I was recently visiting a man in the hospital. There was a lot of renovation taking place in the building. After the visit, as I was making my way back to the exit to the parking garage, my attention was fixed on what I thought was the only exit. It was freezing, and windy outside and I didn’t want to spend much time in the frigid conditions. Staring at the door that had been blocked, I was upset. Why would the renovation crew block the exit that led directly to the protected parking lot tunnel?!
Suddenly I realized that if I stopped obsessing over the blocked exit, and shifted my attention a few feet to the right, there was actually another exit door…and it was not blocked. Happily (and feeling a little foolish for my bad frame of mind) I made it to my car all inside the tunnel and out of the freezing wind.
Where is your attention right now? On the closed door, or on the belief that God is fully capable of opening another door…an even better door.
Don’t be angry over what you may actually be loosing. Instead, choose to hope in what God will be providing!
Trust is not birthed in the laboratory of “reasonableness.” Faith won’t be judged in the courtroom of common sense.
Since we Westerners are products of the “age of reason,” it’s natural for us to make “being reasonable” the cornerstone of our success and the highest attribute of the God we worship. We don’t call it the highest attribute. Certainly not! But in practical reality that’s how we often “measure” Him.
However, if we seriously and conscientiously read the Scriptures, we discover multiplied instances where God does not appear reasonable at all. Then,
if we add a host of real life experiences from our own stories and the stories of others we know…..well…admit it…there seems to be an unreasonable side to God. The God who radically and extravagantly loves us.
<Side note: Now come on. Let’s be honest. Haven’t there been times when you’ve taken a “faith stand” and felt very confident that things would turn out the way you wanted them to….and they didn’t?>
Here’s part of the problem. We hold on to our own thoughts of what we consider to be a reasonable outcome. We claim our “faith in God” when we’re actually attempting to have or maintain confidence that God’s “reasonableness” jibes with ours.
The Apostle Paul tells us that Abraham hoped beyond hope (Romans 4:18). Jesus spoke to His disciples at a very unreasonable hour of apparent failure, “You believe in God. Believe also in me…(John 14:1).
Trusting actually becomes easier if we release God from “being reasonable” and simply trust the depth, breadth, and width of His love…even when all circumstances seem “unreasonable.”