We may peer through a doorway, wondering about the world across the threshold. We may place our hands on the knob.
Do we look back like Lot’s wife? Like the children of Israel in the wilderness? Like Peter when fishing seemed like the obvious thing to do?
Doors require courage to walk through
I thought about doors – the many I’ve walked through in my life. Some scared the daylights out of me. Some just seemed obvious, necessary, and inevitable. All have led me deeper in my relationship with God. Some have led me out to the world with hands full of God’s gifts.
I want the courage to walk through every door God opens before me. Don’t you?
Jehovah as Door
When I explored the idea of God as door, I got caught with what it means to open a door for others. I don’t know why, but I thought of Newfoundland and the way they opened the doors for us. Take a look, and you’ll see what I mean.
A heroes story
Walking through new doors requires courage. There’s nothing easy about it. Things will change and change is hard. Some things will be lost and loss leaves us aching and disoriented.
Every hero story tells the tale of a humble soul, usually young, who naïvely and courageously steps out into the world to find his fortune. Along the way, our hero experiences challenges, personal failures, and often, the wisdom of others. Eventually, he finds, not what he was looking for, but what was waiting for him. He returns home, wiser, his pocket full of treasures.
Maybe we all want to be heroes.
The first step is always to walk through the door
What new door is God opening before you? Can you see it?