When One Door Closes, Another One Opens…

Years ago, when we attended a large church in Dallas, I longed to be on staff at our church.  I prayed about it daily, worked part time during the summers and was even offered a full time job 3 days before the school year started one summer.  Unfortunately, my principal wouldn’t let me out of my contract and threatened to take me to court if I chose to leave.  I was heartbroken, and went on to have the worst school year of my career.

Over the next two years, I would continue to teach, even though my heart longed to be at the church. 

After moving to the San Antonio area over a year ago, my love for our new church began to grow and grow.  Over time, that feeling of wanting to work at the church came back.  I would sit in church and get an overwhelming feeling that this is where I was meant to be.  I had no idea how I would get on staff, but I knew it was where I wanted to be…. one day.

Back in August, I shared with you how it was time that I pull up my big girl panties and find a job.

I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about going back to work, but I knew it needed to be done.  More than anything, I knew that I NEEDED it.  I realize that might sound strange, but for some reason, I felt like a job completed me.  I missed getting up every morning and going to work, but more than anything, I missed socializing with other adults.  I was lonely.

The hardest part of going back to work was finding a job.  Deep down, if I was honest with myself, I didn’t want to go back to teaching.  At all.  But when I was called to interview for a teaching job, I felt like God was opening a door, and I had to walk through it.  After all, I was told I would probably never get an interview since there were so many applicants in the job pool, so surely if I got an interview, it must be a door God wanted me to walk through.

In the end, God opened 4 doors for me and closed each and every one of them as well.  

I was so confused. 

Why would God keep opening a door just to close it over, and over again?

On the day of my 4th teaching interview, I thought for sure I was going to be offered the job.  

That night I received an email from the principal saying they wouldn’t make a decision until the following day since they had one more interview they needed to do.  

A few hours later, I received a message from our pastor asking if he could put my name in the hat for a job they might have available at the church.  

I was shocked!

Then I was sad…

Since I had already been through the interview process at the school, I was determined to follow what I felt was God’s leading.  Again, why would God keep putting me through the interview process with these schools if that wasn’t where he wanted me to be?

So, with an aching heart, I told our pastor I would need to wait until I heard back from the school.

The next afternoon, I got an email from the principal where I had interviewed saying they chose someone else for the job.

So there I sat, upset that I had been told no yet again.  I just didn’t understand.

Then, I remembered our pastor!

I emailed him back and let him know he could put my name down for the job.

Several events took place over the next three weeks that made it obvious that God had his hand in it all.  Some were small events and some were big, but they all pointed to the church.

On October 10th, I accepted the job at our church as the Volunteer Coordinator and Assimilation Director.  

I LOVE my job!!

I get to love on people.

I get to pray or read my Bible whenever I want!  

Above all, I get to work for God’s church and that’s just the greatest feeling in the world!

If I learned anything at all from this experience it’s that when God closes a door, he ALWAYS opens another one.

For those of you that are currently feeling as though a door will never open, I am here to tell you to have heart.  God has a plan.  He knows the end.  You may be in the valley right now, but once you are on that mountain you will be able to look back at each an every door and realize that God had it all figured out.  Just give Him time.  He’s working it out for your good even when it doesn’t feel like it.  Have hope. 


PS-  If you are in the San Antonio area and looking for a church, we’d love to have you!  Come check us out at 9:30 or 11 on Sunday morning at Cross Mountain Church.

Much Love,






My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I hope it all works out for you. Keep praying that God keeps you close because sometimes when you work for a church you see things that are behind the scenes that you really did not want to know! I hope that is not the case for you! Dianntha
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  2. Claire, I am so happy you found exactly what you wanted. May you continue to enjoy your new job!!!
    I am back (3 weeks) as a Holiday Social Worker at the salvation Army. Stressful… emotionally draining but I luv it.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Gee
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  3. Claire, so so happy for you that you have found that niche that you were longing for! Churches are not perfect places to work b/c they’re filled with imperfect people, but they are wonderful places to show Christ’s love and forgiveness!!
    Sending you a big ‘ole hug 🙂
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  4. I’m so happy for you! I know what a struggle this has been for you and how hard it can be to be patient when things don’t make sense! God literally opened His door for you!! You are one special lady!!~~Angela
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  5. Claire, that’s awesome! Congratulations.
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  6. Claire, Blessings come to those who wait, even if its impatiently! Having been thru something very similar, I came to realize God’s time isn’t “my” time and when HE was ready, he’d fiing open that door! So happy for you!

  7. Live and love where you land. I am very happy for you and wish you and your big heart the best. xo s

  8. Awesome news Claire! So happy for you. It is so hard to be patient and wait for those doors…..I know!! 🙂 Have a great day! God is Good!
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  9. Loiemarie says:

    Great news!! Thank you as well for your inspiring words.

  10. Congratulations! Your blog was exactly what I needed to read today… Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  11. [ROTFL] After picking myself up off the floor, I came to believe either the lady writing above must have meant, “Churches are not perfect places to work b/c they’re filled with imperfect people, (Pretending and hoping to be perfect at least once a week) but they are wonderful places to show Christ’s love and forgiveness!!”
    That, or she doesn’t get out much to see how imperfect God made the world so we have opportunities to share his love and forgiveness.
    In the meanwhile, thanks for sharing another perfect example of the Plan that’s in place for all of us. As long as we’re open to it. Imperfect or not….
    I hope you love, love, love your job for years to come. Someone who does shares joy in small ways they might not even realize.

  12. Congratulations on your new opportunity. It sounds as if that is what you really wanted to do in the long run and God found a way for you to make it happen!

  13. So very happy for this special blessing and anointing of God on your life! What a blessing you will be to others. Love you, sweet friend!

  14. Carol Tomlin says:

    So happy for you, Claire. I have been dissatisfied with my nursing career as well but don’t know what I want to do instead. I enjoy The Rustic Pig so much ! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Congrats Claire! That is so wonderful. Not many people get to say that they love their job, you are truly blessed. Your post gave me chills, because I could relate to this story and not wanting to back to work, BUT most of all I can relate to sometimes being confused and not truly understanding what God was trying to tell me. I tend to let my emotions cloud the path that God is trying to set for me. Funny, how it all makes sense later. What a blessing that we have such a loving and forgiving God! Soooo happy for ya.
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