The doors of 'yes,' at times, overwhelm me. They can sometimes loom ahead as massive, weighty, impossible things that would surely need a team to budge.
The doors of 'no,' however (of no to God's will) always look lightweight and undemanding. These are the popular doors, the everybody's-doing-it, live-however-you-want, put-yourself-first doors that never really close. They are like revolving doors: easy to breeze through and ultimately leading, in time, right back to .... me.
One thing that helps, as I stand before an ongoing succession of choices, is the remembrance that I actually do have a 'team' to help open the doors that usher me more deeply into God's will.
The saints have left 'tracks', their testimonies, to show what can happen when a person chooses to live totally for God. In the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from a few of these holy men and women. After all, God has generously given their witness and teaching and prayer to His world - not just for their spans of life on earth, but for all time. They are a treasure we do not want to overlook as we continue on our journeys Home to God.
The saints are even now, interceding. May they help us go through every holy door.
'Follow the tracks of the flock, and pasture the young ones near the shepherds' camps.' (Song of Songs 1:8)
'Since we for our part are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside any encumbrance of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead; let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith.' (Hebrews 12:1-2)
'Follow the saints, because those who follow them will become saints.' (Pope Clement I)
'It is said that a saint is one who always chooses the better of the two courses open to him at every step.' (RH Benson)
'Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.' (Matthew 7:7)