Somebody’s knockin at your door

Somebody’s knockin at your door.

Somebody’s knockin at your door.

Somebody’s knockin–

Why don’t you answer?

Somebody’s knockin at your door.

 

Could it be Jesus at your door?

Could it be Jesus at your door?

Could it be Jesus?

Why don’t you let him in?

Could it be Jesus at your door?

-African-American Spiritual

People say that the new year offers new possibilities, new opportunities, new relationships, and even the chance for a whole “new you.” I tend to think that the change of calendars doesn’t make as much difference as our attitude does. Are we open to how God might be changing us?

You may have heard the phrase: “When God closes a door, God opens a window.” It is absolutely true that God sometimes has to direct us on a path that is different from what we had in mind. The doors we had planned for our lives aren’t always the doors we need to go through, so God closes the door.

But what if we’re the ones closing the door? Think of a time when someone refused, point blank, to do what was best for them. It might be easier to think of other people acting against their best interest, but if you’re honest, you can think of times you were the one bolting the door closed.

God doesn’t want us to close the door on good things, even if they seem hard or complicated. When the Israelites were in captivity under the Babylonian Empire (about 500 years before Jesus), the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the people on God’s behalf: “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” The door God would open for those Israelites was a long, dangerous journey back to Jerusalem and the hard labor of rebuilding their home. It wasn’t going to be easy, but it was going to be good. Imagine if they had held the door closed on God’s promise to give them a hopeful future, what they might have missed by never going home!

We’re not usually closing doors quite as dramatic as that one, but we do sometimes prefer what we used to over what God is offering. God might be knocking on the door to offer you forgiveness. God might be knocking on the door to show you a way forward when you don’t know where to go. God might be knocking to offer you a chance to fix a damaged relationship, or a chance to start a new one. God might be knocking just to remind you that you are deeply loved and chosen as God’s own dear child. If you never open the door, how will you know?

When Jesus knocks, what’s on the other side of the door might challenge us. It might stretch us. It might make us really uncomfortable at first glance! When we trust Jesus, though, we remember that what Jesus does is always for our good. When Jesus comes knocking, why not let him in?

Jesus, I have heard you knocking at the door of my life. Give me courage to open the door and follow where you lead me, for I know your plans are good. Amen.

By Pastor Beth Wartick

Trinity Lutheran Church

Tipton, IA

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