So yesterday was kind of weird. I went back to the temp agency that I had once used to find my job through. It was familiar to me, and luckily, they remembered me and said that I was one of their favorite people from the past. It was like going back to high school and seeing my old teachers, except I came back to retake American History.
Even though I was wearing a suit, it made me feel pretty undignified and a little humiliated. It’s not that I think anyone who works with a temp agency or anything like that is a loser or a waste to society; it was just weird for me to be back at what was once my starting gate.
A common phrase amongst Christians is, “When God closes one door, He opens another one.” I guess that’s true, but sometimes the hard part for me is finding the newly opened door. I have a hard enough time finding the bathroom door in the middle of the night and it’s two feet from my bed. I think a lot of us spend more time than we’d like to looking for the supposedly opened doors that we believe exist somewhere. But I think that’s all right.
I suggested in a previous post that it’s hard when you spend your time looking for signs because you don’t know what signs are supposed to look like; anything can look like a sign. The same goes for opened doors. God could have many opened doors but we might have our minds only wrapped around one style of door. Maybe God is working with many different kinds of doors. Maybe it’s your standard one-way swinging door. Maybe it’s a sliding glass door. Maybe it’s one of those cool Star Trek doors that just kind of opens.
What if God is opening doors all around us? What if it’s not always “You lose your job (closed), then you get another job (opened),” but more like, “You lose your job, you’ll find out people love you more than you once realized.” What if something closing in our lives could lead us to an opportunity that never would have been there before had that door not closed? A new opened door might not look anything like the one that just closed.
In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said, “Knock and the door will be opened to you.” He didn’t say, “Kick down the door.” He simply said to knock.
I’ve found that I just need to keep knocking. Bob Dylan style—Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door. God knows which doors to open and which to keep shut. Think about all the times you have had people come to your door that you didn’t want to talk to. God is the master of closing doors on unwanted salesmen.
More doors are opening than we realize. We can’t spend all of our time trying to find doors that look exactly the same. If you find the same door it could mean you’re trying to turn around and go through the same one but you’re meant to move forward and find new doors. Just keep knocking and ask for eyes to see the doors that are opening. Find the new opportunities to help and even opportunities to be helped.
Keep your eyes open. Keep your hearts open. And keep knocking.