Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hold The Door!

A fork with no prongs... a bucket without a bottom...a saw without a saw-blade...a second story door leading outside where the first step is a doozy.

When my daughter started working for a retail store across town, she was qualified to drive to work in every way except having an official Arizona license.  For better and worse, we got some good Father-Daughter time as I co-piloted her 30 minute drive from our home to her workplace.

Along the drive, we passed a store that specializes in gently used second-hand clothing.  Business must be pretty good since this store was expanding.  Now, this store is located in a strip mall.  Generally, for a business to expand in a strip mall, it either moves into a bigger unit, or takes over an existing unit.  In this case, the store was expanding with new construction.  There was no room to go left, right, or forward.  The store expanded by adding on a second floor.

So far, there's nothing peculiar about a store expanding.  Here is the strange part.  The second story of the store front had not one, but two front doors.  So you say, that's not odd!

It is odd to have doors on the second story when there is no landing to stand on.  There are no stairs leading up to or down from those doors. The only thing in front of those doors is the overhang used to provide shade to the sidewalk!

These second story doors appear about as sensible as a bucket that can't hold water or a saw that can't cut.

I am certain that the shop owner and the architect have a good plan for how those doors will be used.  I would say they have an expectation of opening those doors and letting someone in-- probably a lot of new customers! In fact, the shop owner is acting on faith in anticipation that something amazing will happen in the future.

It's unlikely, but perhaps the shop owner put in these doors for his flying customers?

King David spoke of doors in Psalm 24.  His words were filled with anticipation of something glorious that would be happening in the future.  He urged that the doors be made ready!

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.  
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle!
 Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And lift them up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Psalm 24:7-9 (ESV) 

David had a joyful expectation that the King of glory, the LORD, strong and mighty, would soon be coming.  He wanted the gates and doors to be ready to receive their King.  Not an earthly king like David that could be righteous and evil, wise and foolish, but rather a glorious and victorious king, the anointed one.

Make the doors ready.  Let us open our second story doors to the one that will be flying down. 

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11 (ESV)

Don't just hold the door. Open it wide. When He arrives it will be too late to prepare the door! Our King is coming!

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