I love old doors. I could spend an entire day just looking through them and admiring their beauty. One of the beautiful features of old doors is they greet you and welcome you in. I can't help but wonder about an old door as I admire it. I wonder about the family and friends they have welcomed; I wonder about the storms they have seen and the storms they have kept out; about the celebrations they have opened their arms to. I envision their squeaky hinges and a family member running to the door to greet a welcomed visitor. I wonder about the hands that have knocked on the door or the family dog that has sat in front of one hoping someone will remember to let him/her in.
Have you noticed how a door adds appeal to a house, like lipstick that brightens and enlivens a face so a beautiful door brightens and enlivens the front of a house. A beautiful door is always noticed, it's part of the curb appeal of the home. We decorate them for the seasons of the year and spruce them up with a coat of paint when they are looking a little droopy. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul; maybe a door is the heart; it opens to friends but closes to foes; it's either locked or unlocked.
I remember when I was a wee little one, it was a thrill when there was a knock at the door, it meant someone was paying us a visit. Our door always seem to be opened to our neighbors and people in our community. I can say, I don't remember anyone coming to our door who was not welcomed in. I remember the front door being opened to catch any hint of a breeze in the heat of summer. It would be opened first thing in the morning and shut before retiring to bed. I remember the thrill of coming through that door when I had moved away from home and had come back for a visit. Seeing that door meant I was home again.
There's another door I am reminded of. Jesus said “I am the Door, if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture”. John 10:9. I entered that Door when I was very young and can honestly say I have indeed found good pasture. My soul's hunger has been satisfied. It is the best door I have ever opened.
Next time you see a door I hope you will take notice of it. It's more than just a piece of wood on hinges. Maybe that door will have a story to tell.