Doors provide entry and exit. Doors opening invite access and doors closing speak to seasons coming to an end. Doors set boundaries. Some doors are guarded and others have alarms connected to them. There are doors with windows allowing partial sight access along with light entry and there are those that protect from the light. Some doors open automatically and others are manual. Doors protect from intruders and can be decorated to welcome visitors. Still further there are doors that we are never to open. (See Proverbs 5:8) Then there are doors of hope along with doors of despair. And when something or someone is close we sometimes say, “It’s right at the door.”
I am particularly drawn to old barn doors like this one.
I often think about how many times this door was opened and closed and the amount of labor that took place on the other side of the door. Physical doors can be extremely attractive or simply plain only serving a single purpose. The Bible says that our lips are a door (Psalms 141:3) and that our heart is a door where we choose to allow access.
Jesus said to close the door when we pray and then knock on the door with our petition. He once told the Pharisees that they shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in the people’s faces. (Matthew 23:13 NLT) Ouch!
And then there is this “narrow” door that leads to Jesus…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. (Revelation 3:20) This is the door that I am so grateful was opened to me 45 years ago.