When Doors Close

by: Jacquelyn Bushnell

It was around 11:00 pm in Paris when I received the email informing me I did not get the job. I stared down at my phone rereading the words, “We are not able to offer you a position …” I stared at my phone for several more minutes, waiting for tears to start falling down my face, but they didn’t. I set my phone down on the nightstand and finished getting ready for bed. I got in bed, turned off the lamp beside me, and tiny tears began to fall down my face as I drifted off to sleep.

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The next morning, I checked my email and had a message from my mom that said,

“I think it is very sweet of God to deliver the news while you’re in a place like Paris. It’s a message that He has something else for YOU. It’s like He waited to get you alone in a majestic place to tell you–best love story ever!”

Like all good twentysomethings, I thought it was a nice message, but what she said didn’t sink in until after I landed back home on American soil.

What I learned from this situation is this: no matter where we are when we receive notice that a door of opportunity is closing, we must realize how heavily the favor of God rests upon us in that moment. For weeks, I had been praying over that potential position and I felt so much peace because I had said to God when I first applied, “Lord, this is Yours to give and Yours to take away.” That was my declaration from the beginning and I meant it.

That declaration didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to be disappointed if the door was shut, but it meant that I trusted God to direct me according to His perfect plan for my life. And I knew I could trust Him to open another door and lead me in a different direction.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This verse declares that He is FAITHFUL to give us a future according to His perfect plan for each of our individual lives. Why would we ever ask for anything else when the God of the universe has perfectly planned out our future for us?! He knows us better, and loves us more, than anyone on this earth, and He has taken the time to craft our perfect future in His hands. That’s absolutely insane. I don’t know about you, but I am choosing to praise Him for the unanswered prayer, for the rejection letter, for the break-up, for the disappointments of life …because when we give ourselves fully over to the Lord, every YES and every NO is for our good and WILL make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:28).

Ultimately, He alone knows what will make me the happiest, and He wants to help me find that place because He loves me. It will likely not look like I expect it to, but I am confident of this one thing: the journey to that destination starts by seeking to know Him in a deep and intimate way. He is the prize, and nothing can separate me from His love or snatch me from His hand. With the Lord on my side, how can I possibly fail?

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Jacquelyn is currently a part-time nanny in Dallas, Texas, and also serves as a small group leader for the young adult community WeAreVII.com at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. She is the founder of Road Less Traveled and is passionate about seeing women become victorious through their relationship with Christ. She desires to use her experience /degree in broadcasting to spotlight other women and their stories of redemption through one-on-one interviews. Jacquelyn’s love language is: people, books, hand-written letters, traveling, running, yoga, baseball, mama’s cooking and her niece and nephew.