Repurposing: A Door, A Desk, An Adventure


“Be an opener of doors.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“See, I stand knocking at the door. If anyone listens to my voice and opens the door, I will go into his house, and dine with him, and he with me.” Jesus, Revelation 3:20

I love doors. About five or six or seven years ago, I saw a show on HGTV where Genevieve Gorder used an old door to make–what I think is–a really fun unique desk. This weekend my hubby and I decided to finally make this door desk happen, so we ventured out to Restore–a Habitat for Humanity store full of donated light fixtures, tiles, file cabinets, carpets, plumbing pieces, and DOORS! Hundreds of doors. My eyes first locked on a ratty but beautiful old screen door. I stared at it for a while remembering screen doors at my grandma’s house and her constant reminders to shut the screen door and quit letting the flies in.”

I moved on. So many doors, so little time. Doors to nowhere waiting to become doors to somewhere.

After helping hubby with his upper-body strength by kindly asking him to pull out  about 432 doors for my perusal, I finally found “the door.” This week I will strip it and paint it a lovely golden-yellow, lay a piece of unbreakable glass across the top, and support it with black iron hairpin legs (blame Pinterest). Then I’ll set my laptop on its surface and gaze through the door waiting to see what “somewhere” develops.

Jesus liked the door metaphor, too. John used it in Revelation to describe how much Jesus wants to be invited into our lives. And if we open this metaphorical door to him, he promises to come in and stay. Something about the creator God waiting on his creation to recognize his voice and let him enter the”door” to their hearts and minds is precious and intimate.

There are too many barred and locked doors. Too many folks securely locking any possibility of Jesus out of their lives. It takes courage to open the door to Jesus. He is quite radical and will want to get you involved in radical pursuits that are counter-cultural. He’s going to want you to step outside of your door and enter the adventure. And even when the adventure is scary and uncertain (and aren’t all adventures scary and uncertain?), Jesus will walk with us the whole time. And death? Death is just another door to another adventure. Jesus will walk with us through that one, too.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

Dedicated to my lovely aunt, Annette, who died June 13.

Jesus walked with her all the way home.