…Once through this door, you can never return…
The Prisoner: “A,B, and C” (1967)
I’m digressing a bit with tonight’s Advent posting to expand on a video I posted on Facebook this afternoon while I was at work. Needless to say, I can say more now that I’m home.
At some time in your life, you’ll come to a door you’ll have to cross through. It’s not a literal door, however it’s a door you come to sooner or later; if you haven’t already. It’s the door to your dream-the one God placed in your heart from before you were born. It could be leaving that soul-sucking job and becoming an entrepreneur; or going into a field that makes you come alive. It could be the relationship you’ve been praying about, and God might be orchestrating the end of your current (dead) one. It could be a new chapter in your life that is presented to you, and you’re ready to close the present one.
The question is now: will you go through the door? As the quote from The Prisoner advised, once you go through the door you can never go back. In fact, once you go through why would you want to go back? When you cross over, you’ll become a new person transformed by the crossing.
Don’t worry about who or what you’re leaving behind. They were meant to be left behind. They were there for a season; and like a season they too had to pass. Sad to say, many won’t have the faith and courage that you have to go through. What and where you leave behind are not as important as to where and what (and who) the door will lead you to.
When you get to the door, let me encourage you to go through it.
For if you don’t through the door, you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering, “What if?”
Mary came to the door when she was selected to carry the future Jesus as her child. Up to that point she was an ordinary Judean teenage girl betrothed to marry Joseph. Mary’s life was circumscribed by Jewish law and custom. However, Mary stepped through the door and allowed God to use her as part of His/Her plan for humankind. Mary left behind “convention,” knowing that she couldn’t go back after accepting God’s plan.
Mary could have said, “No.” Part of me believes that in that moment when Gabriel made the announcement, Mary could have refused. Maybe Mary thought that God would have found another woman to fulfill the role. However, Mary would have sat on the side of her bed for years to come wondering “What if?”-knowing she was to be part of God’s eternal plan and she balked.
The door is there, or will be there waiting for you and I to step through it. If you came to the door already and didn’t step through it; you may be feeling hurt and asking the “What if’s”. However, I believe in a God of multiple chances-regardless of others say. The door you missed-or another-might appear in your life again or for the first time. If you see the door, stand up, shut up, and go through it.
Even though we’re in Advent, let this post encourage you in every season and every day. Step through the door-during this Advent season and whenever. You might never know what you’ll find…
…but you’ll be glad you did!
(Image: Art gallery in Newark, 2013. By Me)