He walked up the stairs, and stood at my doorstep holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I hadn’t seen him in a couple of weeks, and we were both pretty excited to have a free weekend together. I smiled, said “Come on in,” took the flowers, set them on the counter, and walked back over to the door to give him a hug. He set his things down and we sat on the couch to catch up, and decide what we were going to do for the day. I’d seen the look on his face before–disappointment.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“Did you even like the flowers? You sort of just took them and laid them on the counter. You didn’t really say anything…” he replied.
I could hear the disappointment in his voice. Of course I loved them!! What girl doesn’t enjoy getting flowers? They smelled wonderful, and were full of vibrant, beautiful colors. Although my heart was beaming on the inside, my external reaction was quite the opposite; I could tell I had hurt his feelings. See, I do this weird thing where when someone does something nice for me, my shyness comes out and I get all awkward and sheepish. The introvert in me shines real bright! I try and change the subject, or shift it to something that isn’t focused on me (I know, I know, I’m working on it, guys). I apologized for not being so kind about it, thanked him, and expressed how much it really did mean to me that he brought flowers. After being reassured I didn’t hate them, he quickly forgave me-thank goodness!
But that’s not the whole point of this post. Here’s the thing, I don’t think I’m the only one this happens to. I think it’s probably happened to you too. It may not be a person standing at your doorstep holding a bouquet of flowers, but instead something much better. I think you might know where this is headed. Guys, Jesus stands patiently at the door of our hearts EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And he doesn’t just stand there empty-handed. He stands there holding endless amounts of love, peace, hope, joy, grace–whatever it is he knows you need for that exact day or situation. He stands there knocking and waiting, but will never just come barging in. Jesus doesn’t violate our freedom to accept him. That’s the beauty of free will, right? There are many mornings, where I choose to either ignore the knock at my heart and pretend I’m not home, or I do like I did with Brett- sheepishly open the door, let Jesus come in and set him aside for the day.
The good news is, Jesus doesn’t get frustrated with us, or quit knocking after weeks of being ignored. He stands there continually, waiting to pour blessings over us whenever it may be that we decide to welcome him in with open arms and a gracious heart. Revelations 3:20 speaks about this knocking stating, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me.” I also love The Message translation of this verse: “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.” He’s standing there knocking. Not waiting to come in and criticize all the mistakes we’ve made, the brokenness we’re standing in, or judge the mess we’ve made. He’s waiting to come right in and SIT DOWN with us. He wants to sit down to supper with us, talk with us, listen to us, and be a friend to us.
So this is my prayer for you, friends. I know you can feel the knocking at your heart. Maybe you’ve been ignoring it for awhile because that seems easier, but I encourage you to open it up. Don’t sheepishly open it and shove him aside. Instead, you’ll be so much more blessed if you come to the door with a smile on your face and arms open wide graciously accepting all he has to offer you! Give it a shot. Pray for God to help you open up your heart, sit down and open up a devotional, or perhaps start reading in your Bible. He wants you to let him in, but ultimately it’s up to you. Give him a chance, he can do immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine!
p.s. thank you so much for reading!! Happy Sunday!