Doors are fascinating!! If you are in doubt, just take a ride in your car in search of doors. You will see them everywhere. In the country, in villages and towns, in cities, downtown, wherever you go.
Doors are inviting. You have to enter a door to see what is inside and to meet the person who lives or works within. You have to ring a doorbell or pull the knocker if they have one. If not, you have to knock.
A door makes me wonder about the story that is told on the other side. Are they poor or rich? Are they mean, kind, or what?
I am intrigued by the entrance to homes that I have visited over the years. They are expressive and tell so much about the friend who lives inside. Some friends put great effort into their porches whether simple or exquisite. Some entrances are simple or even a cluttered mess.
If I didn't have a big dog that would run off with anything pretty around my door, I would place a few inviting things around my door to make friends feel welcomed. Maybe an attractive welcome mat with a cute greeting for my guests. Some potted flowers in summer would give a pleasant welcome. My dog loves to scatter dirt and would run off with a mat!! Keeping my doorway clean will have to suffice.
Have you ever visited a friend whose front porch stored everything they couldn't fit into their home? Every door tells a story of the people who live within. A door has personality that is a reflection of its owner.
When someone rolls into our driveway, you can easily see them coming through the four-bay-windows of the kitchen. I love to meet my friends at the door because it is a long drive to our home and I am glad to have them come. A warm greeting also warms the heart of our company!!
I like doors because of the story they tell. A drive through town or the country is made interesting by imagining what the story would be like. It leaves me in suspense.
There is another kind of door that intrigues me. It is the door to the sheepfold. When you enter someone's home, you don't climb into the window!! If you did, you might end up in jail because you would be mistaken for a thief!!
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out." ~John 10:1-3~
Jesus is the one knocking at the door to our heart. He is asking for permission to guide our lives, abiding in and through us. He is offering us an opportunity that we don't deserve. He offers us love and understanding when we turn to Him for help.
Jesus knocks at our door, seeking to enter. He won't barge in but if given permission He will transform our lives into something beautiful, just like the entrances to my favorite doors.
He offers acceptance and forgiveness of our sins and will never forsake us for the rest of our life. My heart and life is like the most cluttered and messy entrance door I have ever seen. My life is cluttered both inside and outside but the Lord takes me on right where I am, mess and all!!
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