Sometimes when God seems to close one door—a door you think is good and safe to walk through—it’s hard to understand why.
Elder Richard G. Scott once said: “It is so hard when sincere prayer about something we desire very much is not answered the way we want. It is especially difficult when the Lord answers no to that which is worthy and would give us great joy and happiness. … It is hard to understand why our exercise of deep and sincere faith from an obedient life does not bring the desired result.”
That’s exactly what happened to Jake. Jake received his mission call and was excited and ready to serve a full-time mission. When he entered the missionary training center and started having overwhelming feelings of doubt and depression, it was with a heavy heart that he decided to return home.
Despite choosing a path of obedience and service to God, something had abruptly changed his course. It wasn’t the end of the road for Jake, though; rather, it was a small bend in the road that he hadn’t foreseen.
He didn’t serve a full-time mission, but with faith in the Lord, Jake continued down a beautiful path. He was married in the temple and now has a family he will be with forever. He didn’t let what might have been a roadblock stop him from loving and trusting the Lord and doing what’s right.
“I won’t let this experience of being unable to have that two-year full-time service weigh me down, and I won’t allow it to hold me back from what I can accomplish with the Lord’s help,” he said after the fact.
Like Jake, we can’t let unforeseen roadblocks or closed doors keep us from continuing down the right path. We can’t let adversity and struggle stop us from communicating with the Lord and trusting in His plan.
God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows what lies ahead. Even when you can’t answer the question “Why?” you can know God wants to guide you where you need to be and when you need to be there.
“I testify that when the Lord closes one important door in your life, He shows His continuing love and compassion by opening many other compensating doors through your exercise of faith,” Elder Scott reminds us.
This way of thinking gives you the power to turn your roadblock into a learning opportunity. Instead of asking God, “Why me?” ask Him, “What am I supposed to learn from this? What would Thou have me do?”
You’re on the road to eternal happiness. And when you trust the Lord and exercise all of your faith in Him, He will safely guide you.