Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:9)

A FAMILY MEMBER TOOK A SEAT in a crowded classroom on her first day as a freshman in college. The class began and it only took a few minutes for her to realize she was in the wrong class. She quickly slipped out of her seat and quietly slipped out a nearby door. She stepped into the total darkness of a small closet. Now what do you do? You stay in the darkness and miss your first class, that’s what you do.

Ever feel like you are living in the darkness of a small closet, hoping that a door will open and take you into something bigger and better? I saw a quote: “Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway.” Praising God in the darkness is a good practice. But while doing that, remember it was Jesus who said, “Knock and the door will be opened to you.”

If anyone else had said it, you might not take it seriously. But Jesus knows what He is talking about. He knows the capacity of the Father to open doors. He opened a tomb—He can surely open a door. So while you stand in the darkness of your little closet, praising God, knock on a few doors. One at a time, knock on a door and ask God if He will open it. If He is on the other side of the door, He will open it because He wants you to be where He is, enjoying the riches of His presence, provision, and power. Keep on asking, seeking, and knocking.

If God opens a door for you, leave your dark closet and move toward Him.

Ken Heer is the author of Ancient Fire: The Power of Christian Rituals in Contemporary Worship (WPH) and directs a retirement community in Brooksville, Florida.