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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)

TITLE: My Life is Like a Room Full of Open Doors.
By Lisa Beaman
04/05/04

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My life is like a room full of open doors. I know it's time to leave this room, I only need to choose the door and it's path beyond.

The possibilities are endless. The opportunities are overwhelming. Which door should I choose? Which path should I take? "Oh, Lord, guide me. Lead me. Protect me."

I see one that is intriguing. I decide to take it. It seems to be a good door with a path of noble and worthwhile endeavors. With my mind set, I walk across the room to the door of my choice. Yet as I reach it, it closes before my eyes.

I'm shocked. I try to open it, but it will not budge. I'm disappointed, but not discouraged. "I understand, God," I pray. "This wasn't the door for me. I must choose another path." I glance around the room and chose a door that will do just as well.

This time, I run for the door. Yet again it closes before I reach it. Now, I am discouraged. "Why not, God? Why not this door?" I slump to the floor and bury my head in my knees. Maybe I won't try any more doors. Maybe I'll just sit right here and waste my life away on the floor of despair.

My heart soon stirs within me and I begin to look at the doors once more. Resolutely I choose another.

This time, I do not run. I do not walk. I creep cautiously toward the door. I expect it to close at any moment. The closer I get, the more confident of failure I become. Once again, the door closes as I reach it.

Now I am angry. "But I WANTED this door! I DESERVED this door!" I kick at the door. I beat at it with my fists until they are red with blood. I scream until I have no voice. And then I weep uncontrollably. "If not this door, God, then which one? God, where are you? Do you hear me? Do you care? Which door? Show me. Guide me. Lead me and I will follow."

As my anger fades into grief and my grief grows into determination, I once again look at the doors set before me. Once again I see a door I would like to pursue. I do not walk toward this door. I do not run. I do not creep. I crawl on my knees. I ask God for His guidance along the way.

This time as the door begins to close before me, it stops and a small crack remains open. I look through the door, yet I cannot see what lies beyond it. I am suddenly afraid. Do I dare step through the door and follow a new hidden path?

I look back at the room in which I been. I gaze over the doors that have closed before me and I am filled with a peace that passes all understanding. I know now that God was guiding me, leading me and protecting me. He used closed doors to determine my path. He has been with me all along.

I turn away from the room. I turn my back on the doors that had closed. I now face the one that remains open. With a prayer for strength, I take the first step through the door and down the path through which it leads.

Copyright 2004 Lisa Beaman


Member Comments
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Naomi Deutekom04/12/04
I can relate to this!
Caroline Alderson04/13/04
I liked this. Very imaginative.
Donna Anderson04/13/04
"Maybe I'll just sit right here and waste my life away on the floor of dispair." Great writing!
Whatever God's answers to our prayers are they are always the best ones! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. :)
L.M. Lee04/13/04
great piece! I can so relate!
Lisa Beaman04/14/04
Thank you everyone for your positive comments! You'll never know how much they have meant to me this week. I just recieved ANOTHER rejection letter from a publisher today. Without your encouragement, I would surely be wallowing on that "floor of dispair". Thanks again! I'll keep trying those doors:)
Robert Coskrey04/14/04
And I thought my life was
confusing. Just kidding.
Great article
Vanessa Severino04/18/04
your article encouraged me, i wrote the "blessings of the closed door," you encouraged me that although i do not know the path before me, He does, we may not know what door he will open for us, but with Him leading, we will always be in good hands and have what we need!