I see some moms crater when their daughters and sons are met with closed doors. I understand. We moms typically want everything to be easy and filled with wide open doors for our children. Most of us understand the pain that comes with closed doors.
Some of my biggest disappointments in life have been closed doors . . .
Closed to a certain college; closed to a club or office in school; closed to job; closed to a relationship.
One closed door was during my freshman year of college. When all my friends got in a sorority, I did not. That closed door was a disappointment; rejection; and loneliness.
God used that simple experience to teach me that closed doors can be used by him to guide us to other open doors. Closed doors often lead to something far better than we would have asked for or imagined.
I was elected into Student Congress, and I adopted a “little sis” at the local Methodist home. I got a much needed job at a flower shop, and met my future husband.
I explored new opportunities. I built new relationships. I grew as an individual. I learned . . .
Be thankful for closed doors.
What looks like an ending could be an open door to a new beginning.
Watch expectantly for new opportunities and new doors to open.
Closed doors to opportunity could be an open door to strengthen your mother/daughter relationship or create new relationships – relationships God will use to do something in your lives.
Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors. (Proverbs 8:34)
- What are some closed doors that you have had in your life?
- How did you feel when a door was closed to an opportunity?
- How did you handle it?
- What did you learn from it? Was that closed door used to grow you in any way?
- Did any new doors open after that experience?
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