Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And Behind Door Number ????

I went in for radiation #4 this morning. I walked in and scanned my computer card and headed back to the changing room. Inside the room were rows and rows of metal lockers like you would see in a high school locker room. Each locker had a key in the door. As I stood in front of the row of lockers, deciding which one to pick, I was struck by the many choices in front of me. Each locker had a number on it. Some were half lockers on top, some were half lockers on the bottom and some were full sized lockers, top to bottom. I was reminded of an old game show on TV when I was a child called the "Price is Right." Now days, the show similar to that is called "Deal or No Deal". The concepts are the same. The contestant chooses a door, or suitcase, hoping it will bring him good fortune and make him a winner.

Looking at these lockers, made me feel like a contestant on the game show. The luck of the draw. Here are the doors in front of me. What lies behind each door? A fortune or a loss? Good luck or bad? One dollar or a million dollars?

I stood in front of the lockers so long, thinking about the game show, that I actually chose a locker with eager anticipation. I picked door #5. "A lucky number?", I asked myself. I really don't know what I was expecting to find behind the door, but I sure was excited. Needless to say,when I opened it, it was only an empty locker. I put my belongings in, locked it and headed down the hall for radiation.

Laying on the table, I once again became focused on the cross etched in the ceiling. I thought about life. What if we had the opportunity to pick random doors in our lives? We wouldn't know what was behind the door until we had chosen it. Behind one door was material wealth. One door, the loss of a loved one. One a lucrative career. One physical illness. One a wonderful family and one a wayward son.

I am so glad that my life isn't a set of random doors with everything left to chance. Nothing happens in my life that is by chance. God knows what is behind each and every door in my life. I will open some and they will hold blessings abound. Other doors in my life will hold trials. But NOT ONE door is left to chance! Scripture says that God knows the plans He has for us. "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11). Each step is directed by Him. "A man's steps are directed by the Lord." (Proverbs 20:24).

If our lives were like game shows, I believe God would have us finish as winners. For no matter what door we open, no matter what's behind the door, He holds the key. He already knows how the game will end. Nothing has been left to chance. And that makes us automatic winners!