Open and Shut Encasement? “When God Shuts A Door, He Opens A Window.”

“This is the way, walk ye through it.” Misquote of Isaiah 30:21


Did God grow up in a barn,

always leaving doors open?

Are doors better left open?

If so, why have them at all?

Just take the pins out of the hinges

and hang the door in the living room.

Paint the door to blend in with the wall

because when a door is shut it is a wall.

Besides, if God shut the door, did he lock it?

Did we try jiggling the handle?

Are we on the inside or outside of it?

Should we knock? Is God knocking?


“She came in through the bathroom window” The Beatles


Let’s move on to the window.

What a pane.

The window serves a similar purpose whether open or shut.

It provides a view whether open or shut.

I shutter to think that we need to escape.

Isn’t that the first thought when considering

climbing through a window?

Why did she come in through the bathroom window?

That is possible B & E, a felony, maybe.


“Stay here, don’t move, I’ll be back.” God


Could it be people of faith interpret the meaning

of that often quoted phrase one way?

Are there other options?

That question was handed to me and now I am

prying it open to look out or in to see other views.

Could it be God wants us to remain calm.

He leaves a window open for air and a lookout.

God saw trouble coming and told us to wait

while he checks things out.


Maybe God locked us out of a bad situation

and we are given the option to look at it from a safe distance,

through the window.


“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Just for fun…

How do you interpret this often quoted phrase? Are there other options? I am not trying to be a spiritual brat, but trying to keep God out of a box…or in a locked room as it were.



7 thoughts on “Open and Shut Encasement? “When God Shuts A Door, He Opens A Window.”

  1. Exactly! “Did we try jiggling the handle?” YES! I get that.Let us not assume it’s locked….but perhaps just closed for now. Sometimes he’s not saying “no”…..just “not yet.”

    Wonderful, Jerry!

  2. every day I open the box I keep God in….to let Him be God….and every day I shut Him back in…unable to allow Him to be God for a whole day….hmmmmm

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