Originally published in the News-Graphic in 2001.
One of the ways to earn spending money when I was a youngster was by selling different products door to door. We sold Grit newspapers, greeting cards and Cloverine salve.
Cloverine salve was my favorite. It was a small tin of petroleum jelly, and with each quarter package you received an 8x10 picture.
Among the choices of pictures was one of Jesus standing by a door, knocking. it was a beautiful picture with a special story.
The artist has drawn the beautiful picture to perfection, or at least it seemed that way. But upon looking closely at the door, you saw there was no latch to get in.
Someone called this “mistake” to the attention of the artist, but the artist replied that that was the intent of the picture. For Jesus to come in, the door must be opened from the inside. So often in life, as we search for answers, we fail to open the door to the solution.
I heard a funny story recently that had a real life parallel. It was about a man whose house was being flooded. The water had reached the first floor when a rescuer boat came by. The man refused to leave, however, insisting that the Lord would save him.
The water reached the second floor level. The rowboat returned, but once again the main gave the same reply.
The water continued to rise, and the man was now on the rood when a helicopter arrived for the final attempt at a rescue. He gave the same reply and was washed away and drowned.
When he got to Heaven, he confronted the Lord and said “I thought you would take of me.” and the Lord replied, “I tried. I sent two rowboats and a helicopter.”
How many of us are like this? We pray for answers, but we still insist on doing it our way.
There is a story in the Bible of a very rich young man who came to Jesus seeking salvation. He was told to go and sell what he had and give it the needy, then return.
The rich young man went away sorrowful. He didn’t want answers; he wanted approval for what he was doing.
This is a sad but true story so often for many. “Please help me, but don’t change me.”
George Lusby is the former Scott County judge-executive. “The Best of Crawfish and Minnows,” is available at the News-Graphic office.