Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sometimes, You Gotta Knock~

The other night I spent some long overdue quiet-time out on our patio writing. While I enjoyed the great outdoors, my husband enjoyed kicking back, relaxing and watching a football game indoors. Occasionally though, my sweetheart would open the sliding glass door and share a smile or a "Hi, honey. Doing ok?" with me and then head back indoors to cheer for his team. As the sun slowly meandered beyond the horizon, I typed until my fingers and my heart were content.

As dusk melted into darkness, I decided to pack up my laptop and head indoors to cheer alongside my mister. Gathering all my belongings, I reached for the door handle only to discover it was locked. Out of habit, my husband had accidentally locked the door the last time he had poked his head out to check on me.

What to do?

Stay out on the patio until my honey decided to once again shower me with terms of endearment.

Check all the windows on the back side of the house and shinny my way through one that might be open.

Attempt to scale the tall rock fence, land in the front yard and check all the windows on that side of the house...or better yet, hope the front door was unlocked.

Sleep out under the stars.

Knock.

Seems like a pretty easy decision, right?

And yet, when it comes down to knocking, we seldom do.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9, KJV

When life presents us with a closed door and we find our self standing out on the back porch alone with our hope and dreams,

our fears and failures,

 our wishes and wonders,

 we usually use all of our time, energy and resources

thinking up,

 mapping out,

and executing our plans.

We try this and we try that. Then, we try this and that again. Over and over. One idea, one notion,  one strategy after another. 

But, knock? Nope. We seldom think to do that.

And yet, this is exactly what Jesus invites us to do. Could it be any simpler than that?!

No wonder we end up wondering why God isn't answering, as we stand on the outside looking in.

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. James 4:2, NLT
Standing on my patio that evening, I did what any wife would do.  I ratta-tap-tapped on the door.

Upon hearing his wife knock, my husband did what any loving husband would do.  He came to my rescue.  He made a way where there was no way. 

Are there locked doors in your life?

Have you been stranded out on the back porch?

Knock.

Upon hearing your cry, the Lover of your soul, Jesus, will come to your rescue.

Key to the open door
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He'll make a way where there is no way.

He'll even go before you and prepare the way.

But,

you gotta knock!

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Stacy - what an awesome analogy. I think we make things very complicated and as you point out, its really very simple - just knock!
    Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. I'm an expert at overthinking, overcomplicating....depending on my own meager resources instead of just.knocking.

    Thanks.

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  3. loved it. you out on the porch holding onto your hopes and dreams...perfect.
    Glad you knocked and better yet He heard you.
    T

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  4. Thank you for God's love for us. None supersedes that love for His for children in this life.

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  5. Such a great analogy and so true. Thanks for sharing - definitely a timely word!

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  6. Such a true post, Stacy. We forget that "God helps those who help themselves" is NOT in the Bible.

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  7. So often, I try to manipulate situations instead of just asking God to be Lord of them -- the simplest and most honoring way to go about them often eludes me. Thank you for such wise words!

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  8. lovely word picture to bring home God's word.

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  9. Wonderful message within this post. I keep hearing the same Word throughout my weeks, knock. Him reminding me ever so slightly to knock an easy step.. yet not easily taken. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Love your picture. "When it comes to knocking, we seldom do." I need to knock more often.

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  11. I'm brand new to Soli Deo Gloria and I've been so inspired by the posts in this link up. Your's really nailed me. Such a great message...such a great visual. Thank you for sharing...for encouraging and exhorting. I needed to hear this! ( "

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  12. Wow. That verse from James really spoke to me just now. I just got finished writing my blog post for the day, and it was related to that verse. Thank you for this simplification. I needed that, as we all do in this complicated life we lead.

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