February 3 - The Black Door

The Black Door


Several generations ago, during one of the most turbulent desert wars in the Middle East, a spy was captured. The general of the Persian army, a man of intelligence as well as compassion, had adopted an unusual practice in such cases. He permitted the spy to make a choice. As the moment of execution drew near, following the trial, the general always ordered the spy be brought before him for a final interview.

He concluded his "exit" interview with the question: "What shall it be?" He would then gesture toward the open courtyard where the firing squad was assembled for their grisly action and then point to an ominous looking black door and continued, "The firing squad or the black door?"

The condemned spy would always hesitate, finally, almost to a man, they would chose the firing squad over the black door.

It happened again, the general stares at his boots as the sounds of the execution reach into the room. He says to his aide: "You see how it is...they always prefer the known to the unknown even though it means death."

The aide asked, "Sir, what is behind the black door?"

"Freedom," replied the general, "a walk into freedom and I've known only a very few men brave enough to make that choice and take their freedom!"

In today's world...we face the unknown, almost daily. Our choices are not always life or death, but even small choices are important and can have a life-long impact. Life you will discover is a whole series of decisions strung together and some will between the known and unknown! Some will deserve an act of faith...it's like crossing a chasm. You can't do it in steps...you must take a leap!

"Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists!" (Hebrews 11:6).