Today’s post comes from blogger, writer, and speaker, Elen Mongan.
In the book of Acts we read, “Even through the doors be closed, Jesus came through the doors.” Every time this scripture is read hope leaps up into the depth of my soul. It is the hope of awaiting a promise that we know that God is going to fulfill. It is the presence of the fruit of hope that Elizabeth felt as she greeted her cousin Mary at the Visitation. It is the hope which was named by an angel, and John leaping in the womb of Elizabeth. Life was present and Elizabeth knew it, despite the fact she had never been pregnant before, she felt it. Gods’ promises always bring us hope and life. Our Heavenly Father always keeps His promises. He is faithful and true.
How open is our heart to believe God’s promises written in His Word of God? Mary was open at the Annunciation to receive God’s promises. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary and she conceived of the Holy Ghost. The promise was fulfilled. Then the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Elizabeth was opened to receive the promise, even though she was past childrearing years, her aged womb was young enough to carry her baby boy and feel a leap. Their hearts were open and God poured in life. God opened the eyes of their hearts to receive Him.
What is if the doors of your heart are closed? What if the doors of your children’s hearts are closed? What if the doors of your husband’s heart are closed? Re-read in the book of Acts the story of Pentecost, “Even though the doors be closed, Jesus came through the doors.” Jesus has a way of walking through the doors of even the most locked up heart. His love is tender. Jesus died for those who receive Him into their hearts and those who refuse to. There is always hope.
Even Thomas the disciple, whom we affectionately call Doubting Thomas, needed proof. Did Jesus reject Him? No! Did Jesus correct Him? What did Jesus do? He opened the eyes of Thomas’ heart to show him just how much He loved Him. I can just picture Jesus going right up to Thomas and putting out His hands toward him. I can picture in my mind’s eye Thomas with a smile a upon his face a mile wide, like we all put on when we greet an old friend. Thomas automatically extends His hand ready to shake with his dear friend. He knew Jesus well, His friend who he had walked with, who he had talked with and who he had shared life with. Jesus, the one who had been crucified. Jesus, his friend who had died. Jesus was now standing right before Him.
Seconds before this encounter not only were the doors of the upper room closed but also the doors of Thomas’ heart. In an instant, the eyes of his heart were opened miraculously. In the time it took for the hands of two friends to join together in a manly grip, hope was restored. Thomas was changed forever. I can just picture Thomas leaping through the room shouting, “He lives! He lives forevermore!” Thomas the Doubter had become Thomas the Declarer of Good News. He saw with his own eyes and proclaimed with his own mouth. Miracles happen when you put your hand in the nail-scarred hands of your friend Jesus. The greatest miracles happen in the heart. The eyes of your heart become unveiled as you see clearly how much He loves you. Not just in words but in actions.
Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend. I am a friend of God. How about you? The more we open the doors of our hearts to Him the more He can fill us with His love. God loves us all best. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Remember where there is life there is hope. God says it; He will surely do it. Pray that the eyes of your heart will be opened so you too can declare the Good News. Declare the Good News boldly, like the Blessed Mother, Elizabeth and Thomas. “He lives. He lives forevermore. “ God’s promises will have us leaping for all eternity.