My 8-year-old son jerked on the door over and over again, frustrated that it wouldn’t open. I could see one of the teachers through the vertical window, taking in the moment and biding her time. She wanted to give him a few extra seconds of hopelessly yanking on the handle before opening it and commencing her one minute lecture.
The door challenge became a lesson of locked doors and how they will not magically open on their own. I totally understand her point, and I value her instruction to my son. That being said, I too have a point of my own about locked doors. I know that there is a God in heaven who has the key to every single one!
Yes, the door was locked, and, yes, there was no way he would have opened it on his own. However, we serve a God that can open every locked door that we face! Don’t we want our kids believing in the impossible? As Christian parents, shouldn’t we be teaching about Christ’s strength in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12.9)?
My son might not have been able to open that door, but there is a God who thinks highly of his child-like faith, and He could have blown that door right off its hinges! You never know—my son could have pulled the door opened by faith if I had been prepared with the right verses to encourage him!
Every day, we subject our kids to the limitations of reality and the natural world, and then we expect them to grow up into faith-filled, miracle believing Christian adults. We tell them what they can and cannot do, forgetting one important detail found in Matthew 19.26: “…but with God all things are possible!”
We can have a new generation of relentless, door-dropping, faith-wielding Christians if only we stand on the promise that there is nothing too hard for God. So the next time we see a young boy or girl yanking on a door handle, let them give it their best shot! And while they tug and pull, we can encourage them with the ultimate truth—that door may be locked, but we serve a God who has the master key!
“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” –Revelation 3:8 (ESV)
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