Are you searching for the magic door?

If you know me at all, you will know I am an avid reader.  What you might not know is that I used to read in search of The Magic Door.  What does that mean?  We all do it I’m sure…we have this magic door we are looking for.  Maybe it’s through a job or a piece of knowledge or a relationship or an experience or an amount of wealth.  We all have this tendency to think that once we walk through it that we will feel peace, content, love, joy, and all will be alright.  I thought I would find it in a book.  I would read library books, online books, new books, borrowed books, books I’d read before.  Most of them dealing with ministry, church, God, prayer, or some combination of the aforementioned.

I would hear stories of people who had their whole lives changed in an instant when they had an encounter with God or some epiphany of faith.  This would frustrate me even more as I have had a great many encounters and realizations of my own.  I would wonder what was wrong with me and plunge headlong into another book…only to completely miss the point.

There have been others who have missed the point as well.  God speaks to the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 2 Verse 13), ‘ My people have committed two sins:  They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.’  Just like me, Israel was trying to find the magic door.  I would contend that those who are using drugs, experimentation, relationships, etc. as an escape are also searching for the magic door or as God calls it – digging broken cisterns.

So what is the opposite of digging or searching?  Remembering the spring of living water.  Sounds philosophical or metaphorical perhaps.  But if searching and digging indicate forgetting, then it is a remembrance that frees us.

In Hebrew the term for forget means to obliterate or abolish a connection!  All our digging and searching help to destroy God within us.  Thus remembrance is really to give life to something…allowing that life to move within us…allowing the well spring of life to fill our cisterns.

God is here now in fullness.  Can we remember?

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  1. Bill Davis Said:

    My vision that sent me to Seminary involved many doors that were open and closed and the one at the end of the hall was huge and a voice said that I did not have to open all the doors in order to enter the right one.


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