I’ve often heard the phrase, “If God closes a door, He opens a window.” It’s an encouraging thought, and just today I prayed for friends that doors and windows would be wide open as they go through their adoption process. But what happens when doors and windows are sealed tighter than a tomb?
That’s the thought I was having when I sat down with my boys to read the sixth chapter of Joshua, and this was the first verse I encountered: “Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in." There is evidence that Jericho was a city with great double-walls. Not just one brick wall, but two. I can relate. Sometimes I reach a point where there seems to be wall after wall standing between me and where I want to be. But here's the kicker. The second verse reads, “Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See I have delivered Jericho into your hands. . .’” (Now, I’d be thinking, “Really, LORD? Cause it looks like it’s pretty much theirs.”)
This was the reminder I was in need of. Even a wall (or two, or ten) doesn’t stop God. I look at situations that to my own eyes seem impossible or just too difficult to conquer with my resources, but God is not intimidated or limited. And He’s promised already that He has everything taken care of – our salvation, our now, and our future home. He has already delivered us. We just need to pick up the tools He’s given and get marchin’. That wall – well, it’s just a wide doorway-in-waiting.
So I’ve decided to pray for my friends that the doors and windows will be open wide as they go through their adoption process to bring home a precious girl from China . . . . . and that any wall, no matter how Great, will come tumbling down as well.