Pastor Freed recently used this quote in his blog, Jack’s Winning Words – “Be thankful for closed doors, detours and roadblocks. They protect you from paths and places not meant for you.” (Sent by Kathy M)
Kathy’s view of things that might be in your way is one way to look at those things. Many people choose to see them merely as challenges to be overcome. For them, Kathy’s view would need to be changed to read at the end, “not meant for you right now (or yet)”
Both views reach the same conclusion about what just may have occurred – it happened, let it go, move on. In Kathy’s view one just accepts what happened and moves on without worrying about it further. In the other view one accepts it, tries to learn something from it and then formulates a new plan to get to the goal that was just shut out by what happened.
Neither view is necessarily right or wrong. So long as the second view does not turn from persistence into an obsession, there is nothing wrong with trying again in the face of an initial failure.
When you think about it, we pray thanking God for preventing something from happening maybe as often as we pray to Him asking for help to make something happen. In those prayers of thankfulness, we are often thanking him for putting some roadblock in our way to prevent us from a making some horrible mistake.
Whichever view you take, in the end it comes down to accepting, “Thy will be done” when praying to God. If you can get to that mental state, you can remove fear and self-depreciation from your life.
So, stop beating yourself up or living in fear or doubt of your every move. Let God take control of things. For every door that he has closed, He opens another; perhaps to a much better choice for you.
You will never know the answer to the question “What if?”, so stop wasting time on it and start looking for “What’s next”. Trust in God’s plan for you, accept it and enjoy life.
Oh, look; there’s a roadblock ahead. I wonder what I’ll find on the detour that God has planned for me.