I can’t get into my garage.
On Saturday afternoon, I pushed the button on the remote for the garage door opener, and when the door came up, the belt snapped. It just hung there, waving in the breeze…mocking me.
Such a small thing sure makes a big difference in how I live my life. For the last three days, both cars have been parked in the driveway, which means they are a cool 120 degrees on the inside when we get in. Over the last three days, I have walked into the garage with the intent of leaving only to have to turn around and go back through the front door about a hundred fifty times. And, over the last three days, I’ve had to repeatedly explain to the dog that we have to now exit through a different door to go on his evening walk. He doesn’t like change.
Admittedly, these are small first world annoyances, but there is a point to my complaining.
Not being able to get through the door that stands between where you are and where you want to be is a problem. For most, physical doors that do not work or do not unlock are a rare inconvenience compared to the more foreboding emotional and spiritual doors that repeatedly deny access.
Anger. Pride. Guilt. Shame.
These are some of the more common names of the doors that appear in our life, keeping us from the place of peace, healing and reconciliation that we desire to be. These doors destroy relationships, confidence and even job interviews. They are nasty, heavy, and really hard to unlock.
Fortunately for you and me, we have a key.
In John 14, Jesus comforts his disciples after foretelling his own death and resurrection by promising that he is preparing a place for each of them in heaven. Thomas, always ready with a question, said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The disciples longed to be with Jesus because for them, Jesus was home. Home is that place where healing happens. Home is that place where shame is not welcome; where guilt melts away, and anger is snuffed out by love.
If you are staring in the face of a big ugly door that stands in the way between where you are and who you want to be, take comfort in knowing that there is another way.
His name is Jesus.