Helen Keller (1880-1968): the American educator who was born blind and deaf, and her story of overcoming adversity continues to be an inspiration to many said this: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
There are many ways to interpret a “change”. Some look at “change” as if it freezes time. They are so awe struck that it keeps them looking and examining every detail as to why it’s happened. Thus, they often stare at the closed door so long that they miss seeing the other opened door. Some, even miss the open window with its calming breeze like the Words that passed from the lips of our Savior, “be not afraid”, or “I’ll never leave you or forsake you”.
In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas did not look at their parting ways as a “change” which froze their plans. Instead they saw it as a closed door in one direction but an open door in another. They fulfilled their desire to spread the Word of God not only in a single direction but in multiple directions.
Change doesn’t always come from something negative, nor does it always have negative results. Some changes come about because of innocent circumstances, such as “common sense”. However, we can be assured that God is not pleased with His children being “frozen” in place. Neither is He pleased with those who don’t look around them for other opportunities. Let us not be one that is so awestruck by the pretty green flag that signifies the beginning of the race that we freeze at the starting line.
- In brotherly love, Rob