We’ve all heard the expression:
When one door closes, another one opens!
And I do believe this. I believe in God, and that He is actually looking out for me and for my future and that He has a plan and things in mind for me. He knows what is best for me.
Now, I know that not all my readers believe the same as I do about God, but I do know that most religious viewpoints will agree with the door analogy. So, even if you don’t believe just as I do, I hope you will continue to read this post as I feel it can be helpful to all!
The problem with this is, many times your current door may close before the next one opens. You may not know where to go next. You don’t know or understand the path you are supposed to take. I heard a variation on the saying above. It goes something like this:
When one door closes, another opens eventually, but these hallways are HELL!
When the door closes, we begin looking around, waiting to see what happens next, looking for other routes and opportunities.
Sometimes it seems as if there are none.
Sometimes the hallway may be wide open and the options are so many that we don’t know where to go next.
And sometimes the hallway can seem to go on forever. We don’t see any obvious options, we don’t have an answer or solution.
We may even come across a window and wonder if the answer is there.
When we are seeking for direction, for the next steps, the next door, the next window, we must be open-minded and we must have FAITH. The definition of faith is: to have confidence in a person (including a higher power) or a thing.
5 things to do while in the hallway
1. Spend time daily in prayer and/or meditation. Seek out what is right path for you by spending time in quiet contemplation. Ask the questions you need answered and then just WAIT.
2. Use a journal. During your time of prayer and meditation and afterward, write anything that comes to mind in a journal. This can be by hand or on the computer. Just let your thoughts and words spill out. Sometimes the answers are already there, you just have to let them out. Or, the answer may be coming from your meditation and by journaling you are allowing the answer to be heard.
3. Read and research. Be open-minded when presented with ideas that are different than what you normally would think. Accept that it might be time for a total change. Sometimes the door closes to FORCE you to go a different path, one you never would have even considered in your previous circumstances.
4. Talk to others. Talk to them about what they do. Explore ideas and opportunities. See how what others are doing might intertwine with what you may need to be doing.
5. Keep moving. While I encourage you to have faith and seek out an answer, and one biblical principle is to “Wait upon the Lord”, I believe that we are expected to be looking for our answer. Most of the time God doesn’t just drop something in our laps. It is usually while we are actively living and seeking that we find our answers. Not with panic, but with a peace, knowing that the answer will come. The path will open up to you, when the time it right.
I am personally in a very long hallway right now. I feel like I have gone through a few doors and down a few halls, but this current one is long and seems to be very dark. I am having to learn to rely on my faith and know that something good will come from this. You see, I believe that while we are in these hallways, we are learning some character lessons as well. And I tend to be a bit hard-headed.
So, as I wait, I will do the 5 things I suggested above, waiting for the next door or window to make itself known.(And praying that I learn this lesson quickly!)