When God Closes A Door, Sing Anyway!

Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt “Sing” for the Five Minute Friday linkup.

 

I’ve been asking, seeking, knocking

just as you prompted me

these past few months.

One, two, three doors

have closed in my face.

Doors I hoped

would open widely.

When the third door closed yesterday

I cried out in need, not want.

Yet I sang you a song.

A song of praise

for your wisdom

knowledge

and goodness.

A song that took me away

from my disappointment

and into your arms.

There you showed me

how long ago

one poor, weary couple

faced a closed door

in a time of true need.

They had traveled so far

and endured so much

and just needed a break.

A soft place to lay their heads.

But a door was closed in their face

and you provided a way.

A baby was born that night

in a crude place,

not a warm bed.

Yet that family’s story

is told over and over

thousands of years later

and still brings you glory.

That closed door didn’t stop

the story from being told.

I imagine that new mother

singing songs over her baby boy,

the one who would save us all.

I imagine him growing up

singing songs

while he built doors

with his father,

planing their surfaces

smooth.

 

Questions for reflection:

Has God recently closed a door in your life? How can you sing him a song of praise anyway?

How is God planing your surfaces today?

 

 

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  • Sabrina Houser

    This was beautifully written and a good reminder to keep on singing even when the song inside of us has died.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you so much Sabrina. Blessings on your day!

  • YES.
    Even if the song comes with tears.

    • Sarah Geringer

      I did shed some tears after hitting “Publish,” but I know deep in my heart God is holding me and will open a door soon. Blessings to you Michele!

  • Simply beautiful​.
    A soft poem with a powerful message.
    God bless Sarah

    • Sarah Geringer

      HI Ifeoma, thanks for reading, I appreciate you!

  • Rosanna Penner-Sauereisen

    A beautiful poem. Thanks for the reminder that even when doors close, God still knows what he’s doing.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Rosanna. May God bless your week!

  • pat

    I enjoyed the poem, sister. God is so faithful. He cares for us and knows the way we must go. I appreciate what David said, ” I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my lips. He is worthy at all times. Thank you for sharing this! May the Lord honor your sacrifice of praise with His rich supply of grace.

    pat(visiitng from FMF)

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Pat, thank you for sharing that verse. It’s an encouragement to me today!

  • Susan

    Closed doors? Oh yes… Enjoyed this.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Susan!

  • Amy Boyd

    Hi Sarah! I’m so sorry this door closed. It’s a tough pill to swallow even when we know that God has other plans to grow us in His ways. Thanks for the beauty of your poem to remind me how lyrical words can be…I’m such a straight-forward writer! Thanks for the variety! Hugs friend, and happy FMF!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Amy, it’s hard to accept, but with each passing day, God is giving me more insight into why the doors closed for good reason I didn’t see at first. Loved your FMF writing too!

  • “That closed door didn’t stop the story being told.”- I love that! It’s not easy when we face closed doors but yes, it helps to sing and to remember God is still working. Visiting from FMF #13

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks for reading, Lesley. Glad to linkup with you on FMF!

  • Bettie G

    What a beautiful poem, Sarah! The poem itself is a song, so it is singing its way into my heart even now. Those closed doors are so hard, aren’t they? But what a sweet gift from God to be held while you sang to Him in the disappointment. You are in my prayers!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Your prayers are a treasure to me, Bettie! I appreciate you and I’m glad we’re FB friends now!

  • Lynne Cole

    This is such a lovely reminder. We need to keep on singing when the doors close and to keep trusting in God. The right door will open one day. The song “Seek Ye First”comes to mind where the line says “knock and the door shall be opened unto you”. FMF #12

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Lynne! Thanks for stopping by. I love that song you mentioned! I will replay it in my mind today, remembering God has plans to open a beautiful door in the future. Blessings to you!

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