Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Restoring Our Doorway

Have you ever expolored an old house?  As you walk through the doorway, the wood is rotting; slivers of it fall away as your sholder brushes it's fragile frame. The doorposts are sagging, barely strong enough to support it. It's a sad sight.  The weathered enterway has endured rain and wind.  Perhaps even fire. It is unfit for anyone to walk through it. Now picture the doorway to your soul - your walk with the Lord.  Do you ever feel weathered? Weary? The elements of this world have beaten against you; you feel brittle and broken. Maybe you feel your faith sagging, weak. I know I have. But the word of God encourages us...
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty.
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
~Psalm 24:7-9~
I believe that these verse have two meanings.  Psalm 22-24 speaks to us of our Shepard. Psalm 22 addresses the cross and His sacrificial death.  Psalm 23 deals with Jesus as our provider in this current life.  And Psalm 24 looks to His return for us as our coming King. So when you examine Ps. 24:7-9, we are encouraged to be ready, looking for His coming.  We are to be lifted up, anticipating Him entering.  But I think also these verses can speak to our daily life.  It is easy for us to be distracted with the business of our day, sucked in by what's playing on the television, weighed down by financial or physical burdens.  If we are not careful all these things eat at our "doorway".  Our strength is diminshed and in our weakend state we are ill prepared for the coming of our King in our daily lives. 
I know that the King of glory desires to be apart of our daily ongoings. He wants to breathe into us His Spirit.  To keep our "doorway" fresh and vibrant if you will.  So how do we do that?  I know I struggle with it.  As a busy mom getting that morning refreshment is almost impossible and by the time the family is in bed and house picked up I am falling asleep in my Bible.  I don't think the answer has changed.  There isnt a quick fix.  It requires time.  I have to have my priorities right. 

So just like a carpenter has to take time and replace the broken pieces of the doorway, I must take the time to address the issues of my soul.  It must be the first thing I think of in the morning, and continue to be forfront in my thoughts through out the day. And as I close my eyes it must be the last thought to cross my mind.

How are or what are some of the ways you accomplish this during your day?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Over the next couple of days I'll share a few of my tricks and hopeful encourage you during your restoration.

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