“Be an opener of doors” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson – Part 8 of 8


“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” ― Tom Stoppard

That sounds like an adventure. Or this one:

“She knocked and waited, because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different.” ― Laini Taylor

What are the functions of doors?

  • They protect us for the better part. In the middle ages many a time it meant life or death.
  • They provide privacy to us.
  • The beautify the entrances to our homes.
  • They protect us from fires.
  • They are fitted with locks and keys to allow access to some and keep others out.
  • We store our valuables behind them.
  • They evoke emotions in us. Who hasn’t stood before a locked door and knocked, when the door was opened there was just happy and smiling faces. Or that first kiss goodnight with your heart racing.
  • It protects us from the weather, especially on a cold winters night when you are sitting in front of your fireplace with nice company under your fleece blanket drinking a nice red wine or whiskey.
  • To be given the key to a door can signify a change in status from outsider to insider.
  • Doors were once believed by the Egyptians to be the literal doorway to the afterlife, and some doors leading to important places included designs of the afterlife. (Wikipedia)
  • Doors are central to our everyday life.

The simbolism of doors:

  • Doorways and openings are symbolic structures that have great significance in our daily lives. Moving through difficulties or challenges, entering into new spaces and opportunities, leaving sadness, loss, a broken heart – doors and openings provide the transition point to change. 
  • An open door has been a long-time symbol of a new beginning. An open door shows that there’s a way out and can also provide a view of what lies ahead. A closed or locked door, on the other hand, can represent a dead end or create the feeling that there’s no way out. A door can be a symbol of opportunity or one of imprisonment.

So why talk about doors. They have a spirtual aspect to them as well. Let’s read the follow passage.

““Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


So what do we learn here?

  • You have to ask before you receive. You have a need.
  • To find something of value you have to first look for it. It means you have lost something.
  • To enter someone elses house you first have to knock.

What is the spiritual application?

  • Before we ask we normally have a need that is unmet. The mere fact that we do not have it means that we could not attain it by ourselves. It takes humility to ask. Normally we will only ask when we are totally at our ropes end, so to speak. Or if you want a sweety in my daughters case. Who of us who have children will not give what is asked for. It soften our hearts and we feel good to provide for our children. How much more God? Do you believe God is good and wants to take care ofyou? He is our loving Father.
  • Seek and God guarantees you will find Him. We normally look for something when it is of value to us. How valuable is your relationship with God to you? It will be measured by time spent with God in bible study and prayer as well as being obedient to Him, just like a normal relationship with another person on a daily basis.
  • Ask God for help. Knocking means you want to build a relationship with the person who is on the other side of the door. How is the knocking going?

In closing; doors have a big role to play in our lives. God always have the “open door” policy although He wants us to knock.

References:

  1. https://bit.ly/2OZYFHB
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door
  3. http://www.psychologycentre.co.nz/the-symbolism-of-doors.html
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