When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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.

If you’re interested to learn more about Alexander Graham Bell here is a biography and here where you can find a complete list of his inventions.


When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens — 5 Comments

  1. My mind immediately went to Christ saying I stand at the door and knock…or even the church of Philly in Revelations which had an open door set before it.

  2. In the musical The Sound of Music, Maria is taught by the Mother Superior a version of Bell’s quote, “when God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window…” Perhaps she was reading I Cor 10:13, which says in the KJV, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” or in the Good News version that says, “Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.” Like you say, it’s a great comfort when you believe He is ultimately on the throne of your life and in control of it, and knows what you are going through and pulling strings and opening windows for you.

  3. Hmmm… I wonder if you went through the open door in Philly if you’d get a cheese steak ;-).

  4. Cool, thanks for the Biblical insights bro. Yes, he closes and opens doors and windows for our betterment. The challenge of life is being content when doors and windows close. We can only be content with the changes of life when we trust God. Which reminds me of Philippians 4:11.

  5. Alexander Graham Bell was quoting Miguel de Cervantes from Don Quixote, the first part published in 1605. As people of his time were primarily educated on the western classics, his audience likely would have understood the reference. Part I, Chapter 21, second paragraph.

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