“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” ~ Matthew 7:7-11
(Blogger‘s note: I’m not sure if it’s possible to plagiarize a parable, but just for the sake of full disclosure, this parable, or a form thereof, has been passed through the generations. It may be most noticeably found in Bruce Wilkinson‘s Prayer of Jabez. The parable takes on subtly different variations with each telling. This just happens to be mine.)
William was 72, and he’d just died.
And he now found himself face-to-face with a man who greeted him as if he’d known him all his life.
On earth, William had been a good man. He was faithful to family, attended church regularly, and respected by all who know him. For William, life was pretty easy. Most days he felt blessed beyond what he deserved, and so for the many magnificent things in his life, he always felt a little guilty.
No one ever knew it. He just carried it around, and kept it in a place where no one ever saw it.
“Lord, why have you blessed me with so much?” he often asked in his prayers.
And as a result, he mostly coasted through life, grateful all the while, never asking for much. To have asked for more would have been an insult, he thought.
At this moment, William stood face-to-face with Peter. William was in Heaven. Light was everywhere. Will saw colors he’d never seen before, and the music was so beautiful it took on a new dimension. William could actually see the music in the air.
Peter was standing by, waiting for William’s arrival, to give him a tour of the place.
Quickly in, among the majestic beauty of golden streets and sidewalks of pearl, William noticed a facility resembling what a warehouse looked like on earth.
“What is that place?” William asked.
“Nothing we’re interested in seeing,” Peter replied.
But William was drawn to the warehouse.
William will have nothing of Peter’s ongoing tour until he can see the warehouse.
And Peter, as he has so many times before, finally relents.
He opens the door and William almost trips over himself to see what’s inside.
“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that you would bless me, indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from the harm that it may not pain me!’ And God granted him what he requested.” 1st Chronicles 4:10
- The Parable of Two Doors: Not a Choice, But a Point of Entry (stevenwwatkins.com)