“When one door closes, don’t push on it.”
This phrase is the advice a priest gave on the radio a few days ago to a woman struggling with a decision about whether or not to relocate for work. There were many things standing in the way of her move and she was unsure about whether or not to go through with it.
I was startled by his advice because I’ve almost always thought it appropriate to do the opposite. Unwavering perseverance is a quality I both strive to have and admire in others. Mantras like, “never give up” and “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” feel as if they are imprinted on my DNA. It is a challenge for me to recognize the difference between a closed door from which I should walk away and one I should ram my shoulder into to pry open.
Mark and I pray our decisions are consistent with God’s will and do our best to discern what that is, but can we ever really be 100% certain? How many obstacles must a person encounter before realizing he/she is following the wrong path? Is it that we don’t recognize God’s will or that we refuse to accept it?
Have you ever walked away from a closed door? Or worked incessantly to shove one open? How did you know it was the right choice?
As usual, I have more questions than useful advice about this topic. Comments welcome!
The priest said, “When one door closes, don’t push on it” is an old saying, but never referenced its origin. I wasn’t able to find it.