Everyone knows the old Don Quixote line, “Where one door is shut another is opened.” It’s one of those lines you hear so often that it starts to feel trite, despite its wisdom. Recently, as I was staring down a hallway of doors slammed shut, I found myself contemplating that silly old maxim and realizing just how true it is.
Doors do close in our lives and sometimes they close with great pain and heartbreak. However, I’ve noticed over the past few years of my life that so many of the experiences that have caused the most despair have also opened doors to hope and blessings and strength that I might not have discovered otherwise.
It’s like Robert Browning Hamilton’s lines,
I walked a mile with Pleasure/She Chattered all the way/But left me none the wiser/For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow/And ne’er a word said she/But oh the things I learned from her/When Sorrow walked with me!