I have heard it said in church circles that when God closes one door He opens another. Although it sounds quite religious, it never struck me as a Biblical quote. Nevertheless, it is an excellent quote that inspires us to lean on our faith when we don’t quite understand when things aren’t going our way. The relationship that didn’t blossom, the job the was lost, the effort that seemed to come to nothing, lost opportunities and outright failures, the list goes on.
“When one door closes, another door opens.” – Alexander Graham Bell
As inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was not a stranger to failure. Like any inventor, engineer or scientist, failure is an accepted part of the discovery process, and it’s through that process that success will eventually come. And for the ordinary person like you and me, such an optimistic perspective can lead us to success in life.
I think though, for those who believe in God, the belief that for every door that closes we see another door open goes way beyond simple optimism. Optimism is great but it provides no basis, other than hard work and chance, that the other door would ever open. By faith though, we know that God is ultimately in control and has a multitude of doors waiting for us. We look to him for guidance and direction, and we know that all things work together for good for those that love God – things happen for a reason.
So if you’ve had a door close on you recently, be of good cheer, for God has a better door just waiting to be opened for you.