“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
I wondered about the open door in this verse until God invited me to look around the magnificent hallway I have been walking ever since He first opened the big door of forgiveness and eternal life to me. Along the way, He provides experiences, relationships, and Divine encounters that prepare us to open the door we see ahead of us. In my hallway, I see pictures of children leaving home, a son preparing for marriage and ministry, a daughter at a career crossroads, and a new marriage after ten years of a single-again life.
I see a couch for resting and pictures of memories that I need to stop and savor before I rush to His next door. I see His framed artwork illustrating principles and disciplines that I need to practice. I am grateful for this hallway. It is here where I trust His sufficiency and grace for that moment when the door that only He can open swings wide. I want to be ready.
Maybe your next door is a new career or retirement, the birth of a baby, caring for a parent, a new book or the next step in preparing the old book. Whatever the door is that you see before you, look around you first. It is tempting to labor over the decision about whether to open the door. But consider all that is in your hallway, placed there to prepare you to take God’s hand when He opens the door. He invites you in and you confidently step toward Him, ready, willing, and equipped for whatever comes next.