The other day I was reading a reflection on the passage, “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” (Mt 21:22) It was written by Fr. J. Anthony Giambrone, O.P., who said, “To pray faithfully is like knocking untiringly at God’s door….”
All I could see was Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory knocking at a door. Knock, Knock, Knock! Over and over. Finally, someone answers the door, understandably irritated.
Unlike Sheldon’s friends, though, God is never annoyed. Our knocking (our prayer) can be timid and quiet or loud and insistent. God is patient … but speaks in a small, sometimes silent, voice. And, as the saying goes, God can say No.
And God knocks at our door, too. Are we always attentive?
It took me 10 years to answer God’s knock at my door, despite saying Yes to other spiritually relevant and satisfying efforts. (I was, after all, teaching in a Catholic school and volunteering in my parish!)
Looking back on it, God had been calling me to to religious life for years (if not my whole life). Does this resonate for you? Is God knocking at your door? Give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk. Maybe it’s time for you, too, to answer the door.