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MPC Lenten Journey - 40 Days with the Holy Spirit

Lent, Day 9, Jim Ludwig - Opening a Door with No Handle

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Opening a Door with No Handle


“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13

This title reminds me of looking up YouTube “how to” videos on the internet. 

Frequently, when I want to accomplish some task, of which I am unfamiliar, I search YouTube and invariably find several “solutions” to my challenge.  It may be trying to attach something to a solid concrete wall, or how to cook the perfect herb crusted rack of lamb - just by punching a few keys on my phone, or computer, brings many potential answers from folks all over the world.  Having used this technique for several years, it is natural and almost instantaneous when I confront an unfamiliar, or challenging task.

Daily, we confront a multitude of life challenges.  These include relationships, career, health, finance, family, and so on. Unfortunately, these are not so easily solved by a YouTube search.  So, what do we do? Do we immediately seek after God’s solution, or are you, like me, frequently stuck in our angst about what to do; paralyzed by indecision and fear about the future?

It is at these times that we need to remember that behind that door with no handle stands Jesus. We merely need to knock (pray) to begin to discover solutions.  The One who stands behind that door, ready to greet us, is the One who has the answers, who shares the comfort, and who promises the Holy Spirit will stand with us through all that life brings. But it is still up to us to knock, since the door has no handle on our side, answering and opening the door is the Holy Trinity, providing us everything we need, as we move through life, and into Eternity.

This simple knock at God’s door is so much more valuable than any YouTube video, and never goes offline. 

 Jim is an Elder, serves as Clerk of Session, is a 41-year member of MPC, and has been in the real estate investment business forever. He is also Cindy’s personal chef.