Behold, I stand at the door and knock. —Revelation 3: 20a
When I was nine my family moved 400 miles away from the home, school, church, extended family, and friends I knew so well. We moved to a city I knew nothing about and where I knew no one. Up until this move, my mother had been a stay-at-home mom, but now she worked outside the home as my father’s secretary and bookkeeper.
School days were especially hard.
Each day for lunch I would walk home just five blocks away to make a sandwich, eat it alone, and then go back to school. Other kids would tell what their mothers had made them for lunch. One day, instead of going back to school I stayed home. Now, years later, I realize I knew I would be caught and my mother would be called. I was looking for a way to make her come home and find me.
Another time Mom found me inside her pantry cupboard. I had moved the food so I could squeeze in and close the door. To scare her was my plan. But when she found me, she asked, “Why did you do that?” Again, I realize I knew exactly where Mom would go when she came home. I wanted her to come find me.
God not only sees our physical location; He understands why we’ve put ourselves there, and He comes into those places with us to comfort and care for us. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (NKJV). Whatever our circumstances may be, let us invite Jesus to be there with us and for us. It’s up to us to invite Him in.
Reflection: Why are you where you are? That can be a physical, literal question. It also can be a much deeper emotional or spiritual one. Where are you? Why are you there?
Jesus, you see where I am physically, emotionally and in my relationships with others and You. I ask you to help me be whole, healthy and in that right place You want me to be.
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