The Door of Hope

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Faith, Hope, Love | 24 comments

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The door of hope is available to every living, breathing soul.

Unlike other doors it’s uniquely fashioned without a latch or handle. At first glance there’s no obvious way to open it. It’s sturdy frame rests on a threshold of love. It is hinged with strong brackets of grace. And although it’s a thing of beauty and a necessity for entrance, many weary travelers worry it’s too difficult to open. But it’s not.

No knocking is required – or doorbells to ring. With a light touch, a tap of faith – it opens, welcoming guests to peace, joy and spectacular glimpses of His face.

I urge you – reach toward it with confidence and marvel as you watch the door open. Receive with gratitude whatever waits for you on the other side. Take pleasure in the mystery. Rest in your personalized claim. Destiny triumphs. Struggling cease. Your arrival is expected and sacred gifts will be released.

Worry, frustration, self planning and defeat will be forced to flee. Rejoice in the relinquishment. Recognize sovereignty and the better plan. Walk boldly into your story –

beyond the beautiful Door of Hope.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. SO perfect for me today! Just a “light touch, a tap of faith”…. a taste of sweetness to me. Thanks.

    • Just saying the words FAITH & HOPE bring peace to my heart. I agree, it’s sweet food for the soul.

  2. I’ve been a weary traveler and lost my way to the door of hope many times. Hope is the entrance to all of the rich promises God has for us. I have a few things I’ve been banging on the door for lately. I just need to wait with a soft tap until he opens it for me. Beautiful analogy today.

    • He’ll give you strength Dawn. Just wait!

      “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, he will strengthen your heart, just wait on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

  3. What a beautiful message today! It seems so simple, so easy and yet why do we, so often, see it as such a difficult door to open. There’s no admission and for those of us that from time to time seem spiritually “broke”, it sure is a sign of comfort and hope. Thank you Pat for this wonderful reminder that Jesus is there for us, always…

    • Yes! He is always there for us – consistently faithful, and patient with us. Doesn’t it just melt your heart. He restores the soul – especially when we feel “broke”.

      “The Lord’s love never ends, his mercies never stop. They are new every morning. Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I HOPE in him.” The Lord is good to those who HOPE in him, to those who seek him.” Lamentations 3:22-25

  4. Gorgeous . simply . gorgeous.

    • And you my friend, have the lovely gift of encouragement. My guess is you spend a lot of time on the other side of the door…

  5. I love the suggestion to receive with gratitude whatever we find on the “other side” of what we are hoping for. Fitting and true.

    • You’re right, all of his gifts are good – even when they don’t look like we imagined.

      “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

  6. I was waaaaay to tired tonight to read your post but felt led to anyway. Right on again Pat! My mother passed away Tuesday,June 10th and I have to close out her house by the 30th and move myself. Just too much to do! But reading about letting go of frustration, and using our faith to tap on the door, reassured me, that I need to depend on Him and not myself! Great word tonight, hitting the sack, exhausted!

    • Oh Jeannie, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ll be in touch via email – Brendon and I would love to help you with the move. May God give you peace, comfort and rest as your head hits the pillow tonight. He loves you so and will not fail to meet your needs.

  7. Hi Pat! I am coming over from Linda’s blog.

    I love that phrase “a tap of faith.” One of my favorite images is the one of Jesus waiting outside the door…for me to open it. Always ready to come in. Thank you for encouraging me to stay right there, and not let discouragement chase me away.
    Nice to meet you today 🙂
    Ceil

    • I’m glad to meet you too, Ceil. It’s apparent you’re right where you should be, “Surrounded by the Spirit” :)) The Holy Spirit is our encourager, light for our path and strength to remain. I have no doubt he will sustain you through your difficulty. Be blessed today as you wait for him!

  8. I love this too:
    “With a light touch, a tap of faith – it opens, welcoming guests to peace, joy and spectacular glimpses of His face.”
    Sometimes I can give up hope too quickly. You’re reminding me that it’s always right there, ready for me. Thanks, Pat.

    • I think most of us believe hope is available – but often our expectations don’t line up with the actual outcome we receive. Maybe the “wait time” is wrapped around acceptance of his customized plan for us…

      I really appreciate your input Lisa. Hope you have a great weekend!

      “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:12-13

  9. I love that Hosea says that God will open a door of hope for us in the valley of weeping. So glad to visit here via Lisha’s!

    • The entire book of Hosea is rich with hope, isn’t it Elizabeth. I’m glad you stopped by to visit and remind me of the sweet promises there. Bless you.

  10. As I read your post, Hosea immediately came to mind, as we are told God will open a door of hope in the valley of weeping. We so often think we must do so much & you have shared so beautifully – all it takes is a tap. Even if we can hardly hear it, He hears it as He listens so intently for us to come. This post so encouraged me this morning. Have a blessed Sunday!

    • I’m sure I am not the only person who knows someone currently going through a difficult situation – whether it’s health, relationship or self inflicted. My heart aches when I see hope fade, because you’re right Joanne – our Heavenly Father never shuts the door on us, no matter what the circumstance. He IS our hope and our deliverer.

      You’ve encouraged me too. May your Sunday be filled with his presence!

  11. “Take pleasure in the mystery. Rest in your personalized claim. Destiny triumphs. Struggling cease. Your arrival is expected and sacred gifts will be released.”

    Well I do believe that was written for me. Thanks Pat!

    • You make me smile, Lisha. I believe it was written for you too – walk in the truth as you delight in his love for you.

  12. I love this! Peaceful. Jesus is waiting for us, which is special. Rest for the weary is good, since I’ve been feeling weary lately. But He reminds me to rest. Thanks!

    • Oh Becky – I pray that with your confession of weariness comes a river of peace and rest. Grief is tremendously draining. May you find a strong shelter of his love as he ministers comfort to you and hear him say:
      “Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:25-30

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