Locked Out

February 11, 2010
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Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (ESV)

Oh joy! I thought, with sinking realization: I had just closed the door of the house with the alarm on, but without the key! There were various growling and muttering sounds, until the point was reached when I realized that a telephone call to my daughter Sarah was necessary, to let her know that her daft dad was going to be late. She is married and living an hour's drive away, and we were about to visit her. Humph!

Well, thank God for good neighbours, I thought, as one of them managed to come up with a ladder high enough to get me up to the first-floor bedroom windows of the house.

So, up I climbed and clambered into a window. At any rate, that was the plan. Unfortunately, my non-slender physique was too large to get in the window! Double humph and grrr! I was half-in and half-out of the window, balanced on the top of a ladder! When I sized up the situation, I dimly realized that there was nothing else for it but to retreat and call for reinforcements: Caroline, my wife, with a svelte figure.

With Caroline's mother in the car looking after our daughter Zoë and keeping her out of the drizzle, Caroline went to the top of the ladder. In she went, with the addition of a few bruises on the way, so to unlock the door and let me in.

After we had collected our thoughts, Caroline was the hero of the moment, and I sat quietly in the driver's seat, surrounded by an invisible small wooden canine abode. We set off to my daughter's house. A small cloud hovered over my damp head, or so it seemed.

Of course, my size is not an issue for God. The only thing that matters to God is my desire to seek the narrow gate, through Jesus' invitation to accept Him as my Saviour. Only those who accept this exclusive invitation through Jesus, and act on it, can rise up and enter God's kingdom.

Prayer: Lord, we praise You for the grace shown to us in Jesus, this wonderful grace which allows membership in Your kingdom. If we are willing to accept it, we are not to be excluded or forlorn, in some manner stuck half-in or half-out, but rather, we are to be welcomed into life eternal with You. We rejoice that You desire to set us free from all that ensnares our spirits, so that we can enter in by the blood of Jesus. Thank You so much. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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