Tom and I came home to find a note stuck to our door. The note had this title: Important! Please Read Carefully. Usually that’s not a good sign. The apartment owners were making us aware that there have been two break-ins recently during the day when no one was home.
Hmmmm. We live in a gated community, yet we have had break-ins. A thief will come whether you are watching or not. He will force his way into your world, uninvited. The notice also said for us to keep our doors and windows locked. It also suggested we get insurance for our personal belongings. Hmmmm. How very helpful of them, right?
I usually panic when I hear about things like this, but smarter, cooler heads prevailed – that’s right, Tom. He reminded me that what I focus on becomes my reality. I should put my trust in God and we should get renter’s insurance (which covers not only theft, but tornados, etc.). What a smart man.
There are locks on our doors and our windows. I could choose to stay at home all the time and never leave for fear that someone will enter. For me it’s the things you can’t replace that would bother me to lose. The thief doesn’t care about our memories.
I was thinking about the locks on my doors. How it’s secured and if I wanted to I could get more locks and bolts to shut out the outside world. I can build myself a little fortress and keep out the bad of this world. I decided not to do any of that. I did get renter’s insurance. I decided to leave my home in the hands of the Lord.
I was reminded of the picture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. It’s based on the scripture from 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.”
There is no lock or knob on the outside of the door. Jesus waits patiently for me to open the door and let Him in. I’m grateful He doesn’t leave. I know this about myself; I have trouble letting people in too deep. I tend to protect myself and my heart and if I’m not careful can build a brick wall around my heart. The problem with that is I’m keeping everyone out that way – even Jesus. That’s not good.
Locks have their place in my life – on my car, on my home, etc. The one thing I know for sure it doesn’t belong on my heart. I would not only leave the bad things out but also the good. So for now, I trust the Lord with my home and with my heart. It is very freeing for me.
© Nadine Zawacki 2008