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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)

TITLE: The Door to the Downtown Diner
By Gloria Haynes
04/06/04

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Reaching for the tarnished knob on the door, I noticed just a moment too late that it swung out and not in like most establishments. I felt like a fool, standing there on Main Street, pushing on a door that needed to be pulled.
I tried to cover, make it look like I meant to push instead of pull. Maybe anyone who saw me would think I was just testing it.
The diner was dark inside with only two small tables and a serving counter. What was I thinking? How could I possibly think I could make a go of this place?
Ed waved to me from the kitchen, beckoning me to join him. He was going on to bigger and better business ventures. Me, I was just following a string of perplexing surprises.
"So, are you ready for the tour?"
It took all of ten minutes. The inventory wasn't bad for a place that only served lunch and breakfast. The financials were in fair shape. And as for the new owner, I was more than a little scared.
Stepping outside the box described my leap from journalism to diner owner with perfect resonance. It didn't make sense -- from criminals and courts to bagels and baguettes in one swift, strong leap.
But God had told me it was the right thing to do. And I believed Him. He had led me to a store around the block from the newspaper where I worked, reacquainted me with Ed after a year's time, and when I asked about the diner, he said, "You want it, don't you?"
Doors began to fly open where just a month, a week, and even a day before, they were all tightly closed. Each time an obstacle got in the way, it disappeared without effort on my part.
For the first time, I began to see the truth and the beauty in the saying "God never closes one door that another one isn't opened." For me, it was the door to the Dinetown Diner.


Member Comments
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WENDY DECKER04/13/04
Very nice story.
L.M. Lee04/13/04
wow, that was a jump from "writer" to "diner."
Leticia Caroccio04/16/04
This was inspiring. Your diner is just like we are. I could imagine the Lord saying the same thing about us: "How can I make a go of her or him?" He sees us as a finished product. He uses damaged souls and lives for His glory. Your story was short but had a huge and powerful message. Thank you.
Antje Hill04/18/04
Very nice story. Makes the point that all we have to be is obedient! Thank you for sharing.