I get this in theory: “If it doesn’t open, it probably isn’t your door.” It sounds good. It’s comforting, because it takes away our disappointment or what we construe as failure. It confirms we aren’t missing out, that whatever we can’t access isn’t what was ever intended for us anyway.
But it’s not true. Some doors fit more tightly than others, and we have to push a bit. Sometimes we have to knock – many times. Sometimes we need to sit in the hallway and wait. Sometimes we need to persist.
Not all the time. Every closed door is not intended to be opened, but we’re also not supposed to walk away from every closed door. Life isn’t that easy. Faith isn’t that simple and predictable.
Perseverance and patience are important. Sometimes we expect doors to open as we walk up to them. After all, many automatic doors welcome us in that way. We want a faith that opens doors as we approach. We like the ease and confirmation of that. While ease is okay at times and helps refresh us, it is not the norm. We are often challenged, and we must carefully discern what to persevere toward and what to walk away from. We need to know our motives behind our decisions. We need to know our expectations.
Whatever doors you face today, proceed with boldness, truth, and humility.