Surprise

“Here I am!   I stand at the door and knock.   If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”    Revelations 3:20

After I posted my blog entry last Friday,  I kept thinking about sweet Julia with her blond hair and amazing blue-gray eyes as a toddler and at age eleven.  I also kept wondering about doors.   I wondered what door God is currently telling me to knock on.   He knocked on my door during my childhood.   I heard and said, “Come in.”    He and I have been hanging out at my place, so to speak, ever since.   Late in the afternoon when I finished my short to do list ( there are advantages to being old and retired),  I sat down on the sofa, put my feet up, and began reading Terry Esau’s book,  Surprise Me  ( I highly recommend it).   Suddenly God intruded.   Instead of a page of print in my mind, I was seeing a picture of a door.  The door was one of the doors in my former home, one of the doors Julia had closed and asked me to open.   I decided to cooperate with this adventure in imagination.   I imagined myself knocking.   Then I saw the door open.   Although I did not see a presence, I felt God standing inside the door with a silly grin from one side of his face to the other, saying, “Surprise!”

Laughing in my spirit, I thought, “Oh, I get it, God.   This isn’t about some big, new opportunity for ministry or influence.   This is about hanging out with You at your place.”

This is  a new thought for me, although I have always gravitated to Colossians 3:3, sensing a reality, unable to grasp its mystery.  “You died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. ”   Is Jesus asking me to hang out at His place, rather than at my place?

Jesus, it is amazing beyond comprehension that You hang out with me at my place.   Thanks for the invitation and welcome.  I’d love to hang out with You at Your place.   I have no idea what this is going to look like, but You do and that is all that matters.   I think it might be about more of Heaven on earth, and that is exciting.   Whatever, Lord.   As Terry Esau said, “Surprise Me.”

 

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