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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Funny (10/04/12)

TITLE: When God Closes a Door . . . He Sometimes Taps on a Window
By Lori Dixon
10/10/12


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There are times when we question 'Why?'.

I know we have no right to ask God to explain himself . . . but, being sinful humans, we often do. Thankfully, He understands and His grace and mercy extend way past our arrogance and He speaks to us; sometimes with a quirky sense of humour.

I remember a time when I went to reconnect with God at a silent retreat. A few years previous, I had attended and it had been life changing. This year however my heart was so heavy. My mother was dying and I wanted the same encounter that I had at the retreat before. I was also seeking an answer to a very large 'Why?'

By day two, however, I was still feeling absolutely numb. Scripture was not ‘jumping off the page at me’ . . . my silent worship did not move me. I felt defeated and a bit confused as to why things weren’t connecting the way I thought they should. I had come for a close, deep encounter with God and instead was disconnected completely. I felt shut out from the Lord. Why had He closed the door to me? Flipping through my Bible, I looked at the clock and realized it was still hours before lunch. Hmph.

Tired, I decided to take a nap . . . ‘Why not,’ I reasoned, ‘It’s not like you've got anything to say to me.’ Fluffing my pillow, I felt a twinge of guilt . . . ‘Well God,’ I prayed, ‘If you want to meet with me, then you will just have to wake me up.’ And with that, I hunkered down and was asleep in minutes.

Tap tap tap . . . . Tap

Huh? Groggily rubbing my eyes, I rolled back over.

Tap . . . tap . . . tap . . .

My eyes flung open and I was scared out of my gourd. I was staying on the fourth floor of the retreat center . . . there were no balconies . . . but there was someone tapping on the window right above my bed! ‘Couldn’t be,’ I reasoned, turning my back to face the door.

Tap . . . tap . . . tap . . .

Oh my word. It had to be an angel. God had sent an angelic being to bring me a message! It was the only explanation. Frightened but yet somewhat intrigued, I gingerly pulled back the curtain and came face to face with . . . a seagull.

His eyeball was staring right into mine. As if to mock me, he tapped on the window one more time to say, ‘Yup, it was me!’ and then flew off.

What? Huh? I began to laugh. Silent retreat or not, I could not help myself. There I was alone in my room laughing like a crazy woman. Deep . . . healing . . . belly laughs! Tears flowed as I sat up on the bed amazed at God’s sense of humour. ‘Lord,’ I asked, ‘Do you laugh out loud like that?’

‘Go read Psalms,’ he urged. I didn’t even have to turn the page before I came to:

Psalms 2:4 “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;”

I spent the rest of the weekend going thru the book of Psalms highlighting every reference to joy, laughter and the like. The deep encounter I thought I needed ended up being a lighthearted, intimate time with the Lord as He brought back the joy I had lost.

And my angelic seagull? What became of him? Curiously, he never came by for a visit during my God time, but would ‘mysteriously’ reappear to wake me up after every nap and in the morning! Tap . . . tap, tap

Because God does sit in the heavens and laugh! And, I’m so thankful that when God closes a door . . . He sometimes taps on a window!


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/12/12
This is a lovely testimony. I too have had times when I've demanded that God send me a signal. I blush now at my arrogance but the next time I'm doubting myself, I'll likely call out again and wouldn't be at all surprised to see a sea gull tap at my window.

The only thing I might suggest would be to save the exclamation points for dialog. The ellipses too were a tiny bit distracting to me and have a greater impact if used sparingly.

Punctuation is such a trivial detail and what's truly important is your beautiful message. You did a nice job of grabbing my attention and the ending brought the story full circle. You covered the topic in a couple of ways. The story is ha-ha funny but it's also funny strange and shows how God can make what some would call a coincidence a personal I love you from Jesus Himself.
Noel Mitaxa 10/13/12
I love how you have shared your spiritual lethargy so honestly before you discovered the joy on the other side of the 'pane.' Well done.
Ellen Carr 10/13/12
I really enjoyed reading this. I agree with you that God has a sense of humour and that he knows just what we need at particular times. Thanks for sharing this.
CD (Camille) Swanson 10/15/12
I enjoyed this entry, good job. Thanks. God bless~