Doors are often locked. There are many that you try to open and it's frustrating when you can't, but isn't it worse when you know  you have the key ... somewhere. You find the key-ring and you have seconds to get through that door to stop the dreadful thing happening, but the keys go round and round and round and round and round and not one of them fits. You come to the last one, and it must be it, but before you can put it in the lock, the door is opened. But the house to which the door had led to has moved on. You were too slow.

Doors are often locked. They are locked for a reason. We don't always know what is immediately on the other side, or what other doors it would have led to, and so we must concede our own ignorance - willful or not. There is a comfort to this; though we do not know where our life will lead, God does. He is not ignorant, nor is he foolish. He knows exactly what route we must take to reach a certain destination. To some this is not comforting, this is terrifying. An omnipotent being with a guiding hand to their back whom they see as cold, calculating, harsh, and - most heinous - a murderer. But God is not only wise and omnipotent, He is also just, holy, and loving. He is the all loving God. And when you know Him in this way, as your Saviour and not only your God, it is a great comfort to know that He is ever present.

Doors are often locked. God locks them. God opens them. God guides you through life's journey. God is with you every step of the way. And if you are with God every step of the way, what a peaceful realisation this is; that the Creator of all life - of all the universe, of all the laws of science, of all that was, is, and will be - counts you as His own and wishes the best for you, and is preparing you for His kingdom. Romans 8 verse 28 KJV : "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Published by Andrew Davies