I’ve lived with this odd mantra for much of my life where I want to prove how ‘low maintenance” i can be to other people. I never want to inconvenience others. I need to do everything on my own. All the time.
Unfortunately, this line of thinking has caused my downfall over and over again—a lesson that still struggles to get into my mind and heart with lasting influence.
Recently, I realized that I was living this false belief with my relationship with God.
There is a painting by Del Parson that depicts Jesus Christ standing at a door, but the door has no handle. It illustrates the beloved scripture “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20) Christ is always there for us, but we have the responsibility to open the door. Yet how many times do I hear the knock and say, “Wait! I can’t let anyone in right now?! This place is a mess! I’m a mess! I haven’t gotten ready yet today! I must clean up first!” and frantically think that I need to fix things up all by myself and only invite Him in when things are tidied up…
Yet, I am coming to find, that not only can I not fix things up myself, but the very reason for His knock is that He wants to come in and help. He wants to come in, right into the mess and clean up and make the space beautiful together. When I feel the anxiety of all the pressures I’ve placed upon myself to do ALONE, I try to remember this painting. I try to remember that I wasn’t meant to do any of this alone. That He is there knocking, wanting to help. But I just need to let Him in. #reallifebalance #wecantdoitalone #invitehimin