Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Open Door--Part 1

A closed door ranks very high in the  foreboding and uncertain scale. You never know what you're going to encounter on the other side. What if I knock? Will there be someone there to answer or will I be faced with silence? Will the greeting on the other side be friendly or will they simply come to the door with a grumpy, bothered expression that shouts "You distrubed me!" "I don't want to talk to you, I don't want you here!" Or worse, they are polite about it.
We knock on doors hoping that there is someone on the other end: A friend, a helping hand, a refuge and shelter.

And we've all met with a closed door situation at some point in our lives. We've all knocked on doors only to find  that there was no one at home or if there was, no matter how polite the greeting., there is the sense that we've intruded.

Let's look at the open door. An open door is a welcome sight. When you've gone through the day and you are tired and wrung out it's a good thing to come home and meet someone there who just knows what you need and has it prepared before you even need it; whether it's a warm shower, a hot meal or just a quiet place to be for a while. You know God is like that open door. He knows you inside out and He knows when you need to come in from the rain snuggle into a warm pair of arms, when you  need to scream and shake your hands, when you need to just cry it out. His door is open to hear your call and to answer.
God says "Come to me" "If you're burdened, if you're tired, sad, hungry for you know not what, just come. You don't have to worry about getting the welcome mat muddy with the baggage you carry, you don't have to worry that you are interrupting. I always have time for you."
God is your open door.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11: 28 *(HCSB)

Why not take a few minutes and read:

Matthew 11

*Holman Christian Standard Bible

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