Remember the “Knock, knock” game? Let’s play. Right now. Never know who’s going to answer. I hope this puts a smile on your face and love in your heart. At times we all need this, right? When I showed this article to my husband, he said with a smile on his face, “This is a little bit silly, Helo, and aren’t you a bit too old to play this?” I retorted, “God made giggles and smiles. It’s okay for Him to watch us lighten up. And besides we all need to hear how much He loves us every day. Not just on Sunday when we sit in a pew.”
Okay, Here we go…
“Why did You come to my door?”
BECAUSE I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU.
“What? I’m kind of busy right now, but I guess I’m the one who started this.”
I LOVE YOU.
“Like I just said, I’m kind of busy right now.”
I STILL LOVE YOU.
BECAUSE I MADE YOU AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY BELOVED CHILD.
“Well, sometimes I think You made a mess.”
I FORGAVE AND FORGIVE YOU.
I SACRIFICED MY ONE AND ONLY SON TO TAKE UPON HIS SHOULDERS THE SINS OF THE WORLD, AND YOURS. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. ACCEPT MY SON’S GRACE AND BECOME WHOLE AND COMPLETE.
Silence. Striking unfathomable silence. Because I am having a God-conversation. That’s what knocking on the door does. We knock. He answers. We open. We talk. He listens. We listen back. This is prayer time at its finest.
“That’s nice of You, God. But I have to admit, there are times when I think I’ve got it going on just fine and I don’t need You. Okay, maybe not. If I’m honest with You, other times, I don’t have it so good. Perhaps, I might need you then.”
I STILL LOVE YOU.
“Wow, You really are persistent with this love-thing. Maybe I do need You all the time. Through the good and through the bad…. Are You still there?”
STILL HERE. ALWAYS HERE BECAUSE I AM LOVE. I AM GOD.
“Okay, now You have my attention. Thanks for playing this imaginary ‘knock-knock’ game with me. But are You real?”
I WAS REAL YESTERDAY. I AM REAL TODAY, AND I WILL BE REAL TOMORROW.
“Okay, I’m listening now, but I’ve got lots of questions to ask You.”
“Why don’t You always give me what I want?”
I AM WISE. I AM WISDOM. I AM GOD.
“Beyond wise. Got me there.”
“So, I can keep asking you for things like wisdom, provision, health, safety, and more… and You may not give it me right away?”
I ANSWER IN MY PERFECT TIMING.
“Okay, how come it doesn’t always feel like You’re near? And if You’re who You say You are, How come it doesn’t feel like it is always easy to find You? I don’t have time for hide-and-go-seek.”
KEEP KNOCKING. I DON’T PLAY HIDE-AND-GO-SEEK, PRECIOUS CHILD, I AM ALWAYS NEAR. ALWAYS PRESENT.
“What if I have moments of doubting that You are near?”
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. (Psalm 46:10).
SEEK ME WITH YOUR ALL.
I AM ALWAYS PRESENT. I LISTEN TO YOUR EVERY PRAYER.
I AM YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
I LOVE YOU.
“ Do I need to be perfect for You?”
NO, YOU ARE REDEEMED ONCE YOU ACCEPT THE GIFT OF MY SON.
“So into my heart He goes, and You love me, I love You, and we know each other?”
THAT’S HOW IT STARTS.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. (Luke 17:5-6).
“You sure don’t get tired of questions, do You?’
I AM PATIENT. I AM PATIENCE. I AM GOD.
“Is there a limit to the number of questions I can ask You?”
“Is there a limit to HOPE found in You?”
“Is there a limit to Your LOVE?”
NO. ALWAYS REMEMBER I AM LOVE. ETERNAL LOVE. EVERLASTING LOVE.
“Then why is there so much pain in this world?”
REMEMBER THAT MY SON SAID, “IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE BUT TAKE HEART, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”
“God, when can we talk again?”
YOU ARE WELCOME.
“I love you, God.”
I LOVE YOU TOO.
This God conversation is over for now. I’m taking a pause-moment. Now I’m talking with you. One on one. But conversations with God don’t ever really stop; they simply take pause, or give us a moment to reflect. Then we simply need to “knock on the door” and start conversing with our Maker again.
“My heart has heard You say, ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’” (Psalm 27:8).
It’s taken me a while to learn that I need to keep on asking, keep on knocking, because He keeps on listening. Doesn’t mean that God will grant every request exactly as I request it. He doesn’t work like that. Because HE IS GOD. I’ve discovered, time and time again, that His ways are not always our ways, they are simply better. Sometimes He answers prayers in unimaginable ways, making me fall to my knees. Amazed again. Other times, He seemingly doesn’t answer at all. And that can be His answer in and of itself. I think when this happens, He is asking me to be patient, be still, trust Him, and seek His will. He may even be redirecting my course.
And I simply need to keep on searching, because I will find Him. And so will you.
And I need to keep on knocking because He will open the door to His presence. Right before me, I will find Him, and so can you.
And before we finish with “AMEN” let us all give our Father a shout-out, “We love you, God!”
Keep on knocking.
Hope in Him,