I’m sure you’ve heard of it before. The saying goes like this… “God never closes a door without opening a window.” This is not found in the Bible, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t theological truth within. In fact, the saying parallels many biblical stories. Journey with me. God closes the door to Eden on Adam and Eve but then opens the window to redemption in Genesis 3:14 – 15 as he promises that an offspring from Eve will one day conquer the serpent and the curse of death once and for all. We know him as Jesus, the savior as the world. God closes the door on direct entry into the Promised Land for the Hebrews, but opens up the window for a reentry plan under the leadership of an unproven Joshua. God closes the door on Saul’s kingship but opens the window for the shepherd boy, David. God closes the door on Moab to Naomi and Ruth but opens the window to Bethlehem through friendship and love. Shall I go further? God closes the door on Mary’s “normal life” but opens the window to be the mother of God. God closes the door on Saul but opens a window for Paul. And as an overarching theme for all of the aforementioned stories God closes the door on respect for him based upon law and tradition and opens the window for relationship with him through grace and freedom. You see the fact that God has closed, will closed, or is closing a door on you and me isn’t a curse. It’s our blessing because it’s what ultimately makes the story beautiful. Novelist and atheist Julian Barnes admits that the Christian story hasn’t lasted this long just because everyone believed it but ultimately because it makes for a great story. A story, I might add, which is punctuated by closed doors but open windows. How beautiful! But then we must learn to climb through them. It’s hard to embrace that notion. Windows don’t allow for grand entrances. If you have ever had to suffer the indignation of having to climb through a window because you locked yourself out of your home, you know what I mean. But oh how it makes for a great story to tell! I recognize that many doors have closed in this season of COVID 19 but by the grace of God many windows have opened too. We just have to be willing to climb through. Speaking personally, I grieved as the door closed on our youth mission trips this summer due to the pandemic. Then, here recently, I recognized the open windows here in our community. With the help of Men on Mission, our youth are poised to seize the opportunity of building a wheel chair ramp, cleaning up an overgrown yard, and contributing to the work at the Avery House. Closed door. Open Window. We are trying to climb through! Now it is my charge as a minister of the church of Jesus Christ to challenge you to seek out the open windows God has made available to you amidst closed doors and to climb on through. Will it be comfortable? No, but you can trust God to make it a beautiful part of your story. A story which you’ll want to tell and a story which people will want to listen to. Get going!