Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest beckoning me. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me.
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi 1207-1273
It’s all about surrender, is it not? For me, surrender is one of the most difficult things to accept and yet I know it can be miraculously transforming. When I give up my will, when I beg for guidance, when the great “I” becomes nothing, it is there that the nothingness of my life becomes the greatest something ever experienced. It is then that my life becomes a useful tool.
It’s about willingness. It’s a desire to knock on the door and seek entry into the universe of compassionate co-existence with humanity and all of creation. The infinite wisdom of a greater power gave me the choice to decide which door I will take. Often in my life I have not taken that door choosing my way instead. That decision thrilled the needs of ego, but led to devastating consequences. In retrospect, those self-directed decisions were necessary for the growth of my faith walk.
“Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened. MATTHEW 7:7-8 the Voice
These verses from the Book of Matthew are words of Jesus telling me that the actions of asking, seeking, and knocking are not a once and done deal. It is an ongoing process which leads to a continuing regeneration and renewal. I must apply the surrender and willingness (the seeking) to everyday life expecting always to have doors opened and answers received.