Pastor’s Blog: Knocking at My Door
After the Hanging of the Greens service Wednesday night, I returned to my office for a few minutes to call it a night and head home. I heard a soft knock at my office door. It was a nervous, young woman who had “a story” to tell me. She said she had just started a new job at Amazon in Lexington but couldn’t afford rent or a hotel room. She’s sleeping in her minivan until she gets paid next week.
I asked her to wait in the narthex while I found her a room. Normally, we’ll put someone up for a night or two but nothing more. We just don’t have the resources. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Let her stay through the weekend.” So I made a five-night reservation, gave her $50 in gas and a hot meal. She began to cry and laugh out loud simultaneously, and gave me one awkward hug after another.
Before I could invite her to worship, she invited herself. She asked if she could buy a program that told her about our church. I gave her Sunday’s bulletin at no charge.
I told her she didn’t have to dress up. “What you’re wearing is fine.” She was in sweat pants, a t-shirt and a lightweight jacket. I said, “People dress in all kinds of ways here. I think you’ll feel at home.” “I’ll see you Sunday,” she said.
I introduced her to Mike Tevis, our facilities manager, as I walked her to the door. She asked me to go out to the van to meet her dog and see where she slept. It made me a little nervous, but I wasn’t going to be rude. The dog gave me a good sniff and licked my hand. I think we’re friends now, but I forgot the dog’s name.
Just now, the Lord reminded me of Revelation 3:20, “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…” I’m so happy I heard the Savior knocking at my office door tonight… and answered.