This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (Jer 18:1)
When God is closing one door and opening a new door, we know this is going to lead to something better. Thomas Carlyle wrote; “When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” When that tree falls (that door closes). In silence, hundreds of acorns are planted in the forest (the new door opens).
This is not just our struggle, all believers have had this struggle. The 16th Chapter of Acts tells about Paul’s Third Missionary Journey. (6) Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. “…kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word….” The door is closed. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. “…but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” The door is still closed. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. Something we clergy learn the hard way is, “a need does not necessarily demand a call.” During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” It is a vision or dream. Here is an open door. The door in Asia is shut. After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. The Gospel was heard in Macedonia.
Lord, may I be the clay on the Potter’s wheel. May I know that you have not finished with me. May I in the reshaping and changing, hear Your voice and have the courage to walk through the new open door.