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Closed doors are not the end


Mzizi Sam Base - Highveld Chronicle Editor in chief

There is a common myth that so often derails the subject and leads to the fainting of the heart. It is the encounter of closed doors, when all doors that we knock on are closed and nobody answers we often feel like the end is upon us and that there is no way out. It’s the transitional phase that begins as the denoting of the passing of the old and the beginning of the new. This week I heard the story of the Israelites crossing the red sea in a new light. The speaker denoted that the encounter retold was not as straight forward as it often sounds; the mighty Egyptian army was behind the nation of Israel as they walked away with their wealth towards the promised land. The Israelites where between two closed doors that both offered in the eyes of man, death.

The only form of escape was to push forward towards the Red sea and having seen the miraculous happen for their liberation in Egypt they pushed forward into the water in the hope of a miracle. It was until the water is said to have been above the loins that Moses is said to have cried out to God and requested for an answer. The instruction was simple and in the form of a question, “what is that you have in your hand?” The sea was parted and the nation of Israel escaped and was completely freed from Pharaoh and his armies.

Today your situation might be like that of the people trapped between the armies and the sea but it is not the end, you have a gifting in your hands that is the answer that carries your victory. Many a time we are often found crying and wailing in the face of defeat yet the answer in our hands. The journalist Soledad O’Brien states this statement which resonates with the closed door encounters she says “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom how great is that?”

Remember the solution is never a thousand miles away from you, this encounter of Moses with the Red sea and what is stated by Soledad reveal to us that the solution is always within. However, we cannot find the solution until we come to a moment when we ask ourselves the right questions; The Romanian playwright Eugene Lonesco once stated that “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question” what questions are you asking yourself? Be however reminded that it is not every question that will provide the right answer as is said in these words by the author Ursula K. Le Guin, “There are no right answers to wrong questions”.

Ask yourself the right questions and you will walk through the closed door and make real the new doors that lay in wait for you. Break the barriers.