I’ll Get It!
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” –Matthew 7:7-8
The scene plays out in a similar way nearly every day that I go to the YMCA in the mornings. It seems that I am walking toward the front doors at the same time young children are being brought into the daycare. As the little ones come near the doors, they usually try to outrun a parent or sibling and in an excited voice screech something like, “I’ll Get it!” What they mean is that they will press the automatic door plate on the side of the building so that the door ‘magically’ opens and in they go!
Being the one to make the door open automatically is great fun and never ceases to amaze them as they watch the door open. You can almost see the wheels turning in their heads trying to figure out how it happens. Once in the building, they are equally amazed to watch the door close on its own and then they scamper off to their play area.
Each time I watch their excitement of seeing the door open automatically and their effort to be the one to press the plate to open the door, I wonder what it would be like if we showed that much excitement in opening the door for another person to experience the love and grace of God. Think of the doors that have been opened for you throughout your life and the powerful impact that may have had in opening some opportunity for you.
Or think of the powerful impact others may have had on you in your faith life by what they said or did, or how they lived so that the door to seeing a glimpse of God was opened. It is a wonderful privilege and holy responsibility to open the door to God’s love and grace for others, especially children. By doing so they too can learn to open the door to God for another person and perhaps the next generation.
May we find ways in this week to say, “I’ll get it!” and then watch the door to God’s love and grace open for us and others.