“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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-8
“What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.” Revelations 3:7
When my granddaughter Julia was two years old, she spent a few days alone with Papa and me. It was wonderful one-on-one time for her. She did not need to share our attention with her brother, sister, or cousin. Developmentally, she was at the stage of repeatedly climbing up and down and putting things on and off or in and out. She devised a new game that none of my children or any of my other grandchildren played. She stood on her tiptoes, reached high above her head, grabbed the knob and pulled doors closed. The moment each door was closed, she wanted it open again, even though she was unable to turn the knob. She looked up into my face and excitedly commanded, “Open!” I cannot tell you how many doors I opened before I managed to interest her in another game.
At some point, while I opened doors for Julia, I heard God whispering in my heart, “Knock. I’ll open.” God had closed some doors for my husband and me, and no amount of knocking had re-opened them. I was tired of the process, discouraged, and not ready for another disappointment. Perhaps the crucial matter was to discern what door God was telling me to knock on.
Julia is now eleven, and I am sixty-three. Again I hear my Heavenly Father saying, “Look up into My face, with trust and anticipation like Julia did yours. Ask me to open a door.”
Father, I have no idea what door we are talking about. Open whatever door You choose, but I’ll need you to make sure that I realize it is a door You opened and want me to walk through; otherwise I might miss the opportunity. All things are possible with You. May Your will be done.