I’ve heard this quote before and I’m not sure who it originated from, but it states, “When you’re waiting for God to open a door in your life, praise him in the hallway!”
Side note: Whenever I minister certain things like this God makes me live them! So I’ll praise him in my hallway too! (LOL)
Anywho, have you ever had a door to close on you and you had to stand in the hallway? Whether it was a door that you closed when you exited a certain room, whether it was one that someone else closed for you, maybe it was a door that was slammed shut in your face, or maybe it was a door the good Lord closed for you to prevent you from entering a certain room again, we’ve all seen doors close and had to stand in a hallway of some sort.
Now I don’t know about you all, but when I’m in a hallway I’m usually just “passing through” or just using it as a means to get from point A to point B. But have any of you ever had to wait in the hallway? Whether you had to wait in a line for some reason or there were too many people trying to pass so you had to wait for traffic to clear. Maybe you were in the hallway for a drill of some sort or maybe you were in the hallway standing at a locked door waiting for someone to come unlock it for you. Either way I’m sure many of us have had to not only stand, but to wait in the hallway.
But let’s consider this from a different perspective. I’ll ask the question again, have you ever had a door a door close on you and you had to stand and wait in the hallway? Maybe someone turned down your dream or idea and slammed the door in your face. Maybe it was because you knew you didn’t want to live a certain lifestyle anymore so you had to leave the environment (the room), close the door, and stand in the hallway. Maybe there were too many people in line trying to do what you were doing, like getting your degree or getting a new job, so you had to wait in line in the hallway. Or maybe there was a certain someone or situation that God prohibited you from associating yourself with so He closed and locked that door and you had to stand in the hallway.
Well, I’m here to tell you, you’ve got to praise God in the hallway. Many times as we call ourselves “passing through”, as I mentioned before, or maneuvering from one point to another we are held up. Sometimes we are waiting purposely as a result of our own actions, but other times we find ourselves being forced to play the waiting game. And unfortunately the waiting game can suck, but in the midst of it we’ve still got to give praise.
The quote above embodies what it means to wait on the Lord. Whether you are standing in line or trying to see when He will come around the corner with the master key, we all have to wait sometimes. And while you wait you mustn’t forget to give praise. Give praise for the doors that He gave wisdom for you to close. Give praise for the doors that were forced shut on you to make you stronger. And give praise for the doors that He closed for you when you were too weak to close them yourself. Praise! Praise! Praise!
PRAISE HIM IN THE HALLWAY and sooner or later a new door will open..
By: Verinique D. Bailey, “The V. in Virtue”