When the Door Remains Shut

by Tina Yeager


“A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’”

(John 20:26).


Halfway to the store, I realized I’d left myself disconnected. Since I planned to complete my errands in less than an hour, I kept going. Why worry about having my phone when I’m only driving a few blocks, right? I soon returned to find my husband had gone on a fishing trip. The app I relied upon to open the garage lay out of reach, since my phone remained securely locked inside our house. I tried a mystery key dangling beside my car fob. I pried at windows, checked with the neighbor, but couldn’t make a way inside. So much for working toward my purpose. I was locked away from all that connected me to my writing—phone, files, and computer.

I faced other locked doors in my call to write. Circumstances distracted me. Repeated rejections threatened to crush my dreams. And my own mindset often trips me. I often feel helpless and disconnected, locked away from the purpose I once believed God planted in my soul.

Yet, my connection to true hope is never out of reach. I always have in hand what I need to call for rescue. No locked door can hinder Jesus. He responds by showing up in the midst of my helpless despair. And He reminds me the way to my purpose isn’t through those doors but through Him.

I choose to obey His call to write one word at a time, knowing I have no valid keys to the future of my work. I cling to my connection to hope and trust Him to overtake those thresholds I cannot cross on my own. In His timing and His way, not mine.

Lord, thank You for providing my way, even when I cannot see the path. Remind me to trust you with the doors which stand locked before me. Hold me close, and let me remain forever connected to You. Amen.




Award-winning author, speaker, and licensed therapist, Tina’s passion is to offer encouragement through spoken and written messages. Beautiful Warrior, releasing 2019, champions women’s significance. She enjoys writing nonfiction and speculative fiction while coaching online clients. Tina mentors five chapters in four states with Word Weavers International. Come visit her for a virtual cup of java at tinayeager.com.

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