New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

God uses closed doors to open better ones

- CATHERINE GALASSOVIG­ORITO Email Catherine Galasso-Vigorito at cgv@anewyouwor­ To order a copy of her new book, “The Open Window, 8 Weeks to Creating an Extraordin­ary Life,” visit www.anewyouwor­ or bookstores nationwide.

Trust God, even if you can’t understand what’s going on in your life. Seek Him, and He will shed a light that will lead and show you the way to the open door. He is there for you; lovingly waiting, caring, knocking ... and He is asking to come into your life.

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” — Revelation­s 3:8

Are you disappoint­ed because a door has closed in your life? Did you expect something to come to pass only to discover that it didn’t, and now you’re feeling let down?

Is there more mundane work to be done everywhere you look, but yet it seems like you are accomplish­ing nothing?

“When will things work out for me?” you ask yourself during a low moment of the day. Discourage­d, dishearten­ed and stuck in a rut, it is sometimes tough to see beyond the closed door.

Waiting for God to move mightily in your life is difficult, especially when your desires have not yet been met. It is tempting to give up at the first, second or even the third closed door. But God expects us to persevere until the right open door is made known.

“Do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded” (Hebrews 10:35). A closed door doesn’t mean that it’s over for you. On the contrary, it means God is getting you ready for something bigger, better and far greater than before.

You have come too far to back down and quit. God is saying to you today, “Don’t let closed doors bother you. Keep on moving forward. Where you are now is only temporary. It is not where you are going to remain.”

God is giving you all that you need to accomplish His best plan for your life.

When my mother was a young girl, she loved to make puzzles. I remember her telling me how she and her sisters would sit on their living room floor for hours and patiently assemble a puzzle.

They’d set all of the pieces into their proper places to uncover the full picture. If just one piece was not in place, the picture couldn’t come together.

In the same way, God will use everything that you’ve gone through to move you closer to His good plan. Just as God used Goliath to strengthen David, He will use your closed doors to strengthen and advance you.

Have faith and trust God, for He is at work in the lives of His people. No matter what you are facing, don’t give up. Try again, reach higher, think bigger, pray bolder.

That’s what a reader did when he lost his job. He wrote to me and explained how a door had closed in his life, for he was without work and had a family for which he was the sole provider.

Then, he described in his letter how he looked to and prayed to God. “I was sitting in church and asked God for guidance. And indeed, after a few months, God provided for me by getting me a job.”

This reader was grateful for employment, and thanked God for answering his prayers. However, the position was a long distance from his home. He’d have to leave for work before sunrise,and he would not arrive home until late at night. Additional­ly, he worked weekends and hardly ever saw his wife and two young children.

Although he had faith, he began getting a little discourage­d, for he missed his loving family. Rather than settling where he was and relinquish­ing his dreams, this reader decided to pray bolder prayers.

“I asked God for a job where I could be with my family and still provide for them,” he wrote.

“Then, I felt as if there was a hand on my shoulder, and God’s words to me were, ‘You asked for a job, not a good job. And I provided for you.’”

It didn’t happen right away, but this reader remained faithful. He kept a positive attitude and expectantl­y waited on God. Yet, he didn’t wait passively; he was building his perseveran­ce by actively being on the lookout for alternativ­e career advancemen­ts.

Moreover, he was at peace, knowing that his present condition was not permanent, because he knew that in God’s timing, God would answer his prayers and open up the right door.

His letter concluded, “Recently, I started my new job. I work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and my commute is only 10 minutes from my home. God has provided for me, so I can provide for my family and the community.”

There is no limit to what God can do in your life.

God wants to bless you, and He wants to increase you. Keep persisting. Today can be a breakthrou­gh day.

In 1853-54, English artist William Holman Hunt created an exquisite work of art titled “The Light of the World.” In the beautifull­y rendered, symbolic painting, Jesus is standing at a door knocking. Yet, there is not a doorknob displayed on the painting.

The artist once explained the symbolism, stating that the door he had painted, was the door to a person’s heart.

Trust God, even if you can’t understand what’s going on in your life. Seek Him, and He will shed a light that will lead and show you the way to the open door. He is there for you; lovingly waiting, caring, knocking ... and He is asking to come into your life.

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