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Weekly Devotional

Knock knock

Reflection by Lauren Baer

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

When I was little, I would pull up a kitchen stool to the stove in the kitchen so that I could climb up to see what my mother was cooking for dinner. I wasn’t there to touch or disturb her process, only to inquire about what she was doing. I’d listen to the crackling onions, smell the fragrant herbs, ask questions here and there, and maybe even ask for a nibble. I was curious.

I’ve always been curious, not only about all things culinary, but about the world, people, different cultures, etc. Call me nerdy, but I love to learn. Don’t get me wrong, there have certainly been times when I’d rather not step out of my comfort zone, or ask tough questions, or introduce myself to a new person, but I find genuine joy in new experiences after that initial uncertainty.

This quote speaks to me on various levels. First, it addresses my curious nature. It encourages one to ask questions to find answers, to seek in order to discover anew, and to knock on doors that might offer new opportunities. Of course, we don’t always get exactly what we want, but if we get a door shut in our face the first time, the only way to succeed is to recollect ourselves, channel our curiosity and continue searching.

Most importantly, this quote makes me smile because it reminds me of my late grandfather Enrico. He would always say, “Ask and you shall receive” with a wink and a nod. I want to make my grandpa proud, and I know that by asking questions and knocking on doors, I can eventually discover fulfillment and happiness.

Prayer: Gracious God, I offer my heart to you in gratitude for all the times you’ve opened the door for me. Help me continue to be a curious wanderer and grant me the courage to knock on doors that I’ve always left closed. Lord, please guide me when it’s dark and help me to prevail when, sometimes, I find the door to be locked.

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