Karen recently watched all five of Katie’s kids by herself (whew!!!!) She has no idea how Katie does it. Karen felt like a mama dog with fourteen hungry pups and only eight nipples.
In the midst of juggling the needs of the kids, Joshua, the youngest boy pleaded with his grandma to wait in the bathroom with him while he did his thing. Now he has no problem going at his own home without supervision, so she asked why his reluctance to fly solo at our house.
“When I shut the door, there’s a lady looking at me,” was his reply. Karen shut the door and Joshy pointed to the plaque I have hanging on the wall, behind the open door. Staring down at him is an early 20th century young woman advertising Coca Cola. I guess he really values his privacy and doesn’t want anyone observing his business.
Aren’t we all a little like Joshua? He’s embarrassed to leave the door open, but also afraid to shut the door and expose himself to that creepy Coca Cola lady. We leave the door to our life open just enough to let others see what we want them to see. Eventually we shut that door to the outside world and hope no one will find out who we really are. But behind all our doors is someone far more dangerous than an ill-advised placement of a Coca Cola plaque.
Satan is behind the door you close to the outside world. He resides in darkness and is behind every evil thought, every evil action and is always all too willing to help you condemn yourself. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:10
God on the other hand never hides behind doors and He doesn’t want you to either. He carefully and lovingly created you, not for you to hide from Him and others because you make a few mistakes. God wants you to be real with Him. King David longed for this kind of relationship with God and wrote about it in Psalm 139: 1-18.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”
For now Karen and I are going to leave up the picture of the Coca Cola lady in our guest bathroom. Karen was able to share truth with him and he felt better. This situation was just one of many opportunities we will have with our grandchildren to share the love of God. If you haven’t already, open the door to your heart to God today. He’s waiting with open arms.