Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sometimes, You Gotta Knock~ {Heartprint Hallelujahs Link Up}

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 basketball 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.


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?


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

Key to the open door
{Photo Credit}

He'll make a way where there is no way.

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


you gotta knock!

(Re-posting one of my favorite note-to-self reminders!)

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  1. Loved this post! Praise God that He is there, 24/7, whenever we come knocking!
    God bless,

  2. Oh definitely! He makes a way where there is no way! I'm knocking, Lord! Patsy from

  3. Knock and He will open the door!


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