Third grade was brutal for me. So many things happened, but there is one that sticks out most vividly in my mind.
It was recess and we were all playing in the courtyard between the school buildings. The boys were being boys and the girls were running around screaming as girls often do. You’re not a young girl if you’re not running around screaming.
This one particular day all the girls were being chased by the boys and the girls had their favorite safe haven, the girls bathroom. When the boys started chasing them, the girls would run into the girls bathroom and slam the door. Then all the girls would push against it to keep the boys out. After a few minutes when all was quiet, they would open the door and run back outside. This would go on throughout recess.
I usually wasn’t much for running around screaming but on this particular day I joined in. And like all the other girls, I ran to the girls bathroom door to hide. But before I stepped inside with the others, I decided it would be more fun to stand outside the door and taunt the boys. My mistake was leaning against the door jamb nearest the hinges while teasing them.
I stood there leaning up against the space in between the door and hinges screaming at the boys to come chase us. The girls saw the boys running over to us and with all their might, slammed the bathroom door pinching my shoulder in the small space between the door and jamb. The harder they pushed, the louder I screamed and the harder they pushed. They couldn’t hear me screaming for help over their own screaming and not letting me in. They didn’t grasp that the door wouldn’t shut all the way because my shoulder was trapped in it. I know gross right? Right! Add painful to the adjectives and you have a better feel for what I suffered that day. It wasn’t until a teacher saw what was happening that I was rescued.
Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Will you open the door to Jesus today? He stands at your door knocking.
What will your response be? Will you slam the door in fear or terror, perhaps in rejection, or denial or will you be willing to open the door and invite him in?
Father I pray that anyone reading this today would be willing to open their door to let you in. Lord I know some reading this today already believe in you, but they have shut that door awhile ago and they have been avoiding you. Father there are others who have their doors wide open for you and welcome you in readily with anticipation. Still there are others who wont open the door and let you in. We all know people like that in our lives. Father may they answer the door and let you in. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
In His Service