When You Hit the Door

max screen door

One summer night the family was over for a cookout.  Max, about 5 years old, had made a game of running in the side door then out the sliding patio door.  We had opened the screened patio door so Max could enjoy this little boy pleasure of running around and around. 

My brother, Bob, joined us; coming through the patio door, he pulled the screen shut.  Before any of us noticed, Max came running through, slammed into the screen, bounced off and landed on the floor on his back! 

For a stunned moment, Max lay looking up, a puzzled look on his face. Then, understanding, he said, “It’s the screen isn’t it?  Somebody went and shut the screen”.  

The saying, ‘when God shuts one door, He opens another’ is true, but when we hit that closed door, we often find ourselves on the floor, staring up and wondering what happened!  After a moment we often realize, God “went and shut the door”.  

When a door shuts, it doesn’t mean God has let you down; it means that’s not the direction His will for your life is taking you. Seek a relationship with the Lord, in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:6)  

Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?


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