One of my favourite camp speaking memories comes from a long drive on the way to Torch Trail Bible Camp in Saskatchewan. I was driving and praying… I do that a lot. I was probably listening to music as well. Mostly, I was wandering through my sermons and sermon topics for that week. I was asking God to give me an illustration that would help me to convey His love for us.
As often happens for me the illustration came in the form of a picture, not necessarily a thought. I saw in my head a solid metal bubble at the bottom of the ocean. (For some of you this illustration will make no sense because there is no air in a bubble at the bottom of the ocean but you will have to shut down your logic for the duration of this illustration.) Then… all of the scenes from underwater movies came flooding into my mind. Jaws, The Abyss, Deep Blue Sea… Water is extremely powerful. It seems so small and simple when you drink it or hold it in your hand, BUT, at the bottom of the ocean water has incredible pressure and weight. It pushes and pushes… It seeks its own path, it struggles, it seems to have a life of its own. And yet it reminds me of Jesus.
In the midst of Titanium bubbles, oceans, gravity, pressure and open highway at dusk with the sun dropping into the earth ahead of me I was reminded of a verse. Revelation 3:20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
What happens when you are at the bottom of the ocean and your submarine springs a leak. Water gets in. Yes, water gets in.
The difference is, at the bottom of the ocean the tiniest chink or crack causes the weight of the ocean to press on that opening. You can hear the crack, you can hear the reverberation, you can see the water begin to trickle in… But the water doesn’t stop, the crack begins to grow and soon water is piling through that hole like a TORRENT, a literal Wall of Water is suddenly spraying into the void where once only air existed. And… the hole has now become a Fissure and there is absolutely no way to hold it back or to undo the flooding that has just begun.
That is how I began to see Revelation 3:20 on that drive to Torch Trail Bible Camp. Jesus is knocking, not because he wants to sit down and have tea with you but because from the creation of the world God almighty wants to BE IN YOUR LIFE. Jesus is simply waiting to get in. He is waiting for the door to open, just a crack, just be OPEN to Me, just give me the tiniest of a glimmer of a TRY. I will come in. I will flood into your life and I will BE HERE in your life.
If this idea is Resonating with you why not open that door just a crack. Just give Jesus that little chance to GET IN. If you have already asked Jesus into your life why not give him access to another area of your life and see what he can accomplish.
“I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”