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Topic: Doors (04/05/04)
TITLE: "...and behind door number..."
By L.M. Lee
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I often pray for this.
For the most part my life feels like that mysterious hallway closet. You know the one. Every bad choices, bad purchases, wrong decisions, mistakes and failure is thrown haphazardly in there, piled high on top of each other, the door slammed shut and hoping against hope, no one opens that door and every terrible thing you’ve ever thought or done comes barreling down on top of someone’s head, spilling out your past into the hallway exposing who you really are to the people you so desperately want to impress the most.
Ever been there?
Ever pray and hope that Jesus did some spring cleaning while you were out?
He can. He will.
But it is a joint venture. You must open the door. You must acknowledge the failures, the pain, the rejection, the hurt and hand each piece over to Him. Allowing Him to discard the items that are of no use and polishing the ones that form our character.
But it’s hard. It takes time. It is painful.
And most people won’t enjoy you during the process.
It’s okay, though. He won’t abandon you in the middle. Besides, all those other people have closet doors they’ve kept locked for years also. Only those who have been “cleansed” by the Lord can enjoy freedom from their past. Only those who have allowed their horrors to be exposed in the light of the Master’s smile, can the negatives of shame be dissolved and the distorted self-imaged erased.
Whatcha waiting for?
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock…”
Which door will it be?
© 4/7/04 Lissa M. Lee