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OPINION: Door is difficult — keep trying

A story is told about a woman who got stuck in a public restroom. It seemed that the lock was stuck and she couldn't open the door. With panic rising, she then noticed a note taped to the door: "Door is difficult -- keep trying." Being assured th...

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A story is told about a woman who got stuck in a public restroom. It seemed that the lock was stuck and she couldn't open the door. With panic rising, she then noticed a note taped to the door: "Door is difficult - keep trying." Being assured that she wasn't really trapped, but just needed to put more effort into it, the woman was able to free herself with some vigorous jiggling!

The same is true for those of us who follow Jesus Christ. Though we may find ourselves in situations where it seems like the proverbial door won't open, take heart: the door will open! The message that the woman found on the bathroom door is the same message that God gives us: "the door is difficult - keep trying."

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus told a parable to teach that we should always pray and not give up. The story tells of a poor widow who kept pleading her case to an unjust judge. The judge eventually decides to grant the widow her request. The point that Jesus made in this story was that if an unjust judge will grant justice, won't God (who is supremely just and greatly loves us) all the more take care of the needs of God's people in a timely way? The answer is a resounding yes. But God invites us into the struggle. God challenges us to be persistent and to be faithful in praying and working toward the solutions to our problems. The door is difficult - but keep trying!

All of us have problems that at times cause us to feel trapped. "How are we going to get out of this?" we wonder. "When will we get relief? When will this situation relent?" Some of us are facing health concerns. Some may be dealing with relationship issues. Or a financial problem. Maybe you've been praying and working for a solution with no change seeming to come. Maybe we feel like giving up. Don't! Remember, the door is difficult - keep trying!

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