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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 13:47

The Knock at the Door

Written by  Sam Whatley
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In June of 1969 four coeds at Ohio State decided to pool their resources and sublease a duplex. The girls, unaccustomed to real estate transactions, gave one of the tenants moving out the money to cover the first month’s rent, without getting a receipt.

Everything seemed fine until the second week, when a young man in a suit knocked at the door. He wanted to know who they were and why they had not paid the rent. They explained that they had already paid the departed college student to sublease. The real estate manager, named Will, said he had not received any money and that the June rent was still due. They had been robbed and had no more money for rent. The coeds were frantic.
But there is more to this story.


Decades later, Peg, one of the sub-leasers, would say that she did not remember how that first month’s rent was paid, but she did remember Will, the young man in the suit. He would come by in person every month to collect the rent. After a few months the two of them were dating. A year or so later they were engaged. Six months after that they were married. That marriage lasted 33 years, until Will passed away. God had used a robbery to introduce them. The thief meant to do evil. The Lord used it for good.


But there is more to this story. Peg would later write:
After meeting Will in 1969 we started dating. About three months into our relationship Will’s boss, Ted, invited us to go to church with his family. It was that Sunday that I first heard the gospel. The pastor was preaching on Ephesians 2:8-9:
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast". NIV
I remember being completely baffled by the idea that salvation was a free gift and not the result of my good works. And all the people sitting there in that church seemed to believe that truth. But more than that, they were writing in their Bibles, and talking about the sermon after church. I had never dealt with a group of people who seemed to take God’s Word so seriously.


After church Ted and his wife Carol invited us to their home for lunch.. The family continued to talk about spiritual things. When I went home that afternoon I remember thinking how different this experience was for me. So I started searching the Scripture on my own and whenever we were visiting Ted and Carol’s house (they invited us over a lot) I pumped Carol with all my questions about God’s Word.


One night, after about two months of searching the Scriptures, I remember getting on my knees and crying out to God to give me whatever I needed to be like these people. That is when I had a new thirst for the Word and wanted to go to the same church that Ted and Carol attended.
I praise God that he used this family to draw me close to him, finally understand the gospel, and embrace its truth in my own life.


So, what started as a disturbing knock at the door became something else entirely. It became a life-changing blessing. You cannot help but wonder if the Lord didn’t set that whole thing up to draw His child to Himself.


Maybe there is a disturbing knock at your door today. It may look like very bad news. It may look like the end of your world. But trust God and allow Him to use this present anxiety for His purpose. Maybe, just maybe, God is drawing you to walk closer with Him than you ever imagined.
As Joseph would one day say to his brothers who sold him into slavery:
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."  Genesis 50:20 NIV


We may not know the outcome, but we know Who decides how things come out. Just trust Him.

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