Excuse Me, There’s a Turkey at Your Door!

On the way home from lunch today I noticed a visitor at my neighbor’s front door.   He was patiently waiting, looking as though he had just rung the doorbell while waiting to be invited in.  The strange thing about this scene was that the visitor was a turkey.  Yes, a large, ugly turkey!  My neighbor had no idea that a turkey was on the other side of her front door, as turkeys don’t come calling every day.  I laughed as I envisioned her surprise upon opening the door.  Who would have thought a turkey would be lurking outside the front door?

Fact is, I can be unaware of what is outside my door at any given moment.  For all I know, a turkey could be at my door.  We usually don’t know what waits on the other side of our door.  The scriptures speak of several things waiting behind our doors.  Three stood out to me.

Door number one:

Genesis 4:7

    If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

Sometimes, temptation that can lead to sin is waiting for us, ready to devour us.  It’s like finding a skunk, hyena or even a lion, crouching behind your door.  Don’t let it in and try to make it your pet.  It will stink, or worse yet destroy you.  1 Peter 5:8-9

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

I pray to be self-controlled and alert, so I don’t open the door to that which can spiritually harm me.

Door number two:

Truth be told, opportunities may be waiting for you outside of your door.

Matthew 7:7-8

  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. [8] For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

When we inquire of God, and seek a relationship with Him, He eagerly awaits us.  If we fail to seek Him, or inquire of Him, we will miss out on untold blessings and privileges….which last through eternity.

1 Cor. 16:7-9

    I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. [8] But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, [9] because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

Effective opportunities for sharing the amazing promises of Jesus, which can change the course of eternity in people’s lives, may also be waiting outside of our door.  Again, I must be alert and prayerful to see these.

And behind door number three:

Rev. 4:1

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”…..v. 8

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

 “Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

who was, and is, and is to come.”….v. 11

    “You are worthy, our Lord and God,

        to receive glory and honor and power,

    for you created all things,

        and by your will they were created

        and have their being.”

Sometimes I can miss the big picture, the spiritual reality, which is right in front of me.  This can happen most often when I become distracted with the details and busyness of things that won’t matter or exist a hundred years from now.  I pray that each day my eyes and heart are awakened to the “heavenly, spiritual realm” that is true reality, and the only thing that really matters.

What do you see behind your front door?



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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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