The Gift of a Closed Door.

We live by faith, not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:7

I’m fascinated with doors, love them. Walking the French Quarter in New Orleans, I took more pictures of doors than anything else.

Doorways in New Orleans
Doors to Secret Places in New Orleans in the French Quarter
Pirate Ally
On the way to Pirate Ally in the French Quarter’s of New Orleans.

Doors are strong symbolism for opportunities & rejections. How do we handle an opened door? Afraid of the unknown or do you have the faith to walk through with courage?

New Orleans French Quarters
Waiting to entry the unknown in New Orleans.

How do we react when confronted with a closed door?

A shut door can lead to a better path. Even in the French Quarter, New Orleans.
A shut door can lead to a better path. Even in the French Quarter, New Orleans.

There are times we want to bang on the locked door until our fist is bloody and our throat raw, or imagine going Chuck Norris on the thing that keeps us from our perfect life. Denying us what we think we desire the most. The one thing that would make us happy. Oh, but I have learned that closed doors can be the greatest gift, forcing us to find a new path.

You have to be willing to follow a new path. Let go of the Old. Stairway in New Orleans, French Quarter.
You have to be willing to follow a new path. Let go of the Old. Stairway in New Orleans, French Quarter.

Early in our marriage, with two baby girls, we tried to buy our first house. Denied, I was devastated. I ended up moving back home for a couple of months as we made new plans. That ended up being exactly where I needed to be at that time. Without warning, I lost my father in a plane crash, but the months spent with him can’t be replaces. God had answered a prayer I didn’t even know I needed to pray. Seeing the devastation of Katrina in the 9th Ward put many thing in perspective, also the support and faith to rebuild.

Empty house in the 9th Ward. Abandoned after Katrina
Empty house in the 9th Ward. Abandoned after Katrina
New House in the 9th Ward - New Orleans, Make it Right.
New House in the 9th Ward – New Orleans, Make it Right.

Yes, faith is believing in what you can’t see, but I also think it is seeing with faith. If we take the time to look we can see God’s love in the most unlikely places.

Walking into Jackson Square late at night.
Walking into Jackson Square late at night.

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    • jolenenavarro

      Thanks Marilyn – I think one of the reasons I love having a blog is to share my pictures. 😀 Might be a bit self-indulgent, but fun.

  1. Leisa Wilkins

    There are gifts in closed doors. It may not seem so in the moment. We tend to want what we want without seeing the full picture. Yet our loving heavenly Daddy gently leads and guides us to the better choices, when we allow Him.

    Thank you Jolene, for reminding me of the gift in closed doors. I’m at a closed door and the dawning of an opened door. While it can be easier to stay, do nothing, it’s important to move into my new season trusting that my Daddy goes with me.

    Be Encouraged!

    • jolenenavarro

      Thanks Pauline. I was truly surprised how much I fell in love with New Orleans. I always thought of it as a wild party town…but I found as long as we stayed of Bourbon Street, the French Quarter was a lovely area to walk, even late into the night

    • jolenenavarro

      Thank you Joni, I still struggle with making MY plans happen the way I think they should go, but we learn everyday, right?

  2. winonabennettcross

    It always amazes me how sometimes things come to me just when I need it. Your most eloquently written post about doors–open and closed came at a time when I am feeling so alone, brain dead, worthless, and untalented. I have to crawl out of the gutter to find the door but maybe I’ll get there. I always look forward to your FB posts, my friend. Now, I’ve discovered your blog and will have to add it to my favorites. Your photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • jolenenavarro

      You are in my prayers. May you be lifted and know you are never truly alone. And UNTALANTED!!! What? Now your just pissing me off- haha Take care.

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