An Open Door

September 25, 2014. Thursday, 5:07 AM.

This is Day 14,263 of my time on this earth. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

It has been raining for most of this week. On Tuesday morning I was driving along a road and observed a car in the opposite lane which had its driver’s side door ajar. I assumed the driver was holding it shut, that it wouldn’t close for some reason. That’s happened to one of our vehicles before — the latch got stuck in the open position and wouldn’t close. I wasn’t really thinking about anything too spiritual but I had been quietly worshipping the Lord in a walk-in cooler while performing my job in an account.

I like that about working alone: just keeping quietly to myself and trying to glorify the Lord and work unto him and for his glory in the mundane things that no one sees but him.

Anyway, I passed this car, a Mercedes. As soon as it passed me the words came suddenly, like lightning:

“I have set an open door before you which no man can shut.”

I recognized that the Lord had spoken. I knew it. I recognized the words and thought it was in Scripture somewhere but I couldn’t think where from. I Googled it once I parked at the next stop. It’s from Revelation 3:8. The NIV came up first in the search:

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

I don’t understand exactly what it means, but I was instantly encouraged. An open door represents opportunity, a transition into a new environment. There has been a lot of bad news in our personal life lately, especially in the financial realm.

I will pray and wait upon him. My prayer life is of little strength. My faith is of little strength. It has been years since I fasted and sought the Lord with all my being. I needed to be shaken.

Thank you for your grace and mercy. I thank you that you don’t leave us to our satisfied selves, that you are willing to maneuver things so that we call upon you and realize our need. And I thank you for your sense of humor.

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Author: Steve Hobbs

I live and write near the beaches of Brunswick County, NC. I entered this fallen reality in 1975. My wife Sikki and I were married in 1997. We have five children. I am a follower of Jesus and a seeker of truth.

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