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It May Be Jesus

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

I like opening doors. Whether I respond to the sound of a knock or not, opening a door is an action of anticipation, potentially something new for me to experience, something I may not have ever noticed before, a special delight to keep me going.

The door need not be something with a knob or handle. Sometimes it's a chance to open someone's heart and let its innermost contents spill out. It might just reveal a need another person has that only God knows about, waiting to be touched and healed.

Sometimes it's Jesus who does the knocking.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)

Trudy, a stranger, and I were standing at a display of cosmetics, both of us bemoaning the fact that a favorite item, used for many years, had now been discontinued! "That's not fair! I'm too old to have to choose a substitute at this time of my life!" Trudy agreed.

But what really continued to weigh much heavier in her was the death of her husband two years earlier. I sympathized and revealed my own more recent loss of a daughter, who would have had a birthday that day.

As it happened, a copy of "Filling the Void", my current message from the Lord, was in my purse. When I shared that with Trudy, the words took her to what the Lord offered for her encouragement. How could I have possibly known that? What an opening to speak the word of God with boldness! We can follow the Apostle Paul's admonition to ask for prayers, "... that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ..." (Colossians 4:3)

Talking with Trudy, I was reminded of the time I turned from a depressing darkness and opened the door to the light of day, as if the Lord Himself were dazzling me with His brightness!

You can read that story, written several years ago for my Contemplation Page entitled, "See What I have For You! Open that door!"

Directed by God, how joyous is the open door!

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