THE DOOR OF LIFE
Anthony David Swaroop Kumar
A sudden explosion. The bus swerved, swayed and slewed before coming to a sudden halt. A truck containing a huge drilling rig had just rammed into the bus and driven off in haste. The bus was to reach its destination in just a few more minutes.
It was midmorning and most of us in the bus were dozing. Chaos and cries resounded. A shower of fine glass peppered our heads as we sat dazed. Shrieks and shouts began. The man next to me groaned in agony- his elbow was broken and his arm was dangling free.
I glanced at the seat in front of me. Both the passengers had passed out. One looked as if he had died on the spot. Few children were screaming their heads off.
In those few seconds, my whole life shimmered past me. Am I going to meet my Maker, I wondered? Am I now passing through the last door on my journey to heaven? Somehow, miraculously Iwas spared both in life and limb! Not a scratch on me! I was shocked, in a daze as it were, but otherwise not injured in any way.
Tearing the cushion cover from the bus seat, I made a makeshift sling for my neighbour’s broken arm. I thought of the fellow in front of me. So full of life till just a few minutes ago. Now, no more. How suddenly we pass into the doors of death, I wondered. “Thank you Lord for letting me stay on and live. I will live for you in this world” I breathed softly as I continued to help the survivors of the accident.
All of us pass through many doors as we live in this world. Only when the doors of our mother’s womb open successfully do we descend into this world. Once we are born, we need to pass through our milestones: the first smile, the first word, the first step and so on. Every door we pass through sets us up on the road of life.
There are many choices as we pass through. Perhaps the most important is the door of Eternal Life. I remember the grassy hill in the outskirts of my hometown and a momentous evening when I entered this door of Life.
And how did I do it? Simply by realizing that I am a sinner, by repenting from all my sins, and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. It was He who said,” I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
Life offers all of us a variety of doors. We need to pass through say doors of choosing a life partner, a career, and a place of work. Some are pleasurable doors such as the one I remember I crossed when I became a father, for the first time.
Every door we enter marks a choice. We choose thereby not to enter some other doors! We select to enter a door and deselect, all the other doors.
All of us, whoever we are will eventually have to pass through one door. That is the final door, the door of death. Why is it so dreadful? Is it because it is painful to pass through? Not particularly! The reason why many fear is that they don’t know what lies ahead of this door.
But not all find the door dreadful. Those of us who have already entered the door of life can be confident. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. We can say with the Apostle Paul. We know for sure that Life Eternal and Abundant lies in front of us when we enter the door of death. The only catch is that we need to have earlier passed through the door of Life, the door of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe the reason why the Lord kept me from entering into death’s door that tragic morning years ago was to tell others like you. I am sure that the final door leads me to eternal life. How about you my dear reader? Have you entered the door of Life?
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© 2004: Dr.M.A David S Kumar