by Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 26, 2017

Listen! I stand at the door knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Revelation 3:20)

For Christmas, my siblings and I gave my parents a new doorbell. Now, I know what you are thinking, that doesn’t seem like a fun or sentimental kind of present, but it seems more like giving your loved one a vacuum cleaner or blender for a gift. However, you have to understand that this is a really cool doorbell. It is the kind of doorbell that when someone steps onto their porch, my parents receive an alert on their phones, can see who is standing on the other side of the door, and can talk to that person through their phones. In the case of my parents, nine chances out of ten, the person on the other side of their door is going to be one of their children or grandchildren dropping by for a visit, a great-grandchild wanting to swim in the pool, or the lady who comes to clean their house.

Knocks at the door most often bring good things into our lives—a wanted package or maybe a visit from a friend or a neighbor. However, I have to admit there are times that I avoid opening my front door. I might avoid the door when I can see the person on the other side wants to share with me about their particular religion or sell me a filter for my faucet. Opening the door can sometimes be risky.

Our Lord says, I stand at the door and knock. Wow! If only Jesus would knock on my door. What would Christ’s knock sound like? Sue Monk Kidd describes the Lord’s knock in her writing by saying, I didn’t pay attention to the knock. Later I would remember it didn’t sound like an ordinary knock, more like a fist pounding. There are days when I wish that I would open the door and find Christ there—that the real, in-the-flesh Jesus would be standing on the other side of my door. But I need to remember that in many ways he is there, imploring me to open the door, to allow him entrance, and to dine with him. What will Christ say to me when I answer the knock? How will my willingness to open the door change me?

This talk about doors, doorbells, and knocking is in the forefront of my mind and heart as I am preparing for our upcoming Women’s Retreat in March. In my preparations, I have read about and considered the ways God seeks us out and speaks to us. It’s easy for me to consider the more transcendent ways God comes to us, such as through scripture, prayer, and meditation. But what about those concrete, feet-on-the-ground ways God gets our attention — pounds on the door of our heart.

While I was making some retreat preparations, a text message from a friend, one of the ladies of our church, popped up on my phone. In the text she said that she was compelled to share with me what the writer of her morning devotional had said: make time to take a weekend retreat to reconnect with God. Check with your church to see if they have one coming up. My friend remarked at how ironic this was knowing that the Women’s Retreat was coming up. She asked, “Do you think this is a message from God?” Knock, Knock! Yes, I think God is speaking to my friend.

Maybe God is speaking to you, too. To the ladies of Highland Hills, I extend an invitation to join us on retreat, and explore with us the ways God is knocking on the door of your heart. Set aside some time to lean against the door and open your heart to God’s message for you.