I have an office with a door I can shut when I think deep thoughts. I usually leave the door open. Shawn stops and knocks on the open door before she enters and we have a good laugh at that. I feel like Les Nessman on WKRP. Although Shawn has anytime access, she understands I’m working, or at least pretending to work, in the office.
I welcome Shawn’s visits and have a chair I can fold out if she wants to chat for a while. There are actually 4 chairs if we need to have folks in for a conference. My desk has a sideboard I keep clear for Shawn’s use. I can pull it out and provide a place for her to park her coffee cup. I usually get a hug and a kiss when she stops by, something that never happened much in any of my engineering jobs. I’m quickly adjusting to that perk.
Access is important. If you have been job hunting lately you know the door into a company is best opened by someone on the inside. A friend who will walk your resume around the corporate HR wall is a friend indeed. Getting your list of qualifications in front of the hiring manager along with a glowing recommendation by someone who knows you may be all it takes to land a position.
I visited the doctor this morning. I hoped for a low stress visit – no prodding, no needles, and all clothing remaining in place. I arrived early with a smile on my face and approached the lady in the window, the Access Gate Keeper. She rarely smiles and only wants to see my medical insurance card. Once I answer her questions and utter the magic chant, she enters my name in the system. Somewhere in the back room of the vast facility the nurse is notified she has a patient waiting patiently. The nurse retrieves me and the festivities begin.
I could not find my insurance card. I found a Visa, my AARP card, a library card, and several rewards cards from various businesses where I spend money. The insurance card was missing. I searched through my wallet twice, wondering how that card disappeared. I watched the Access Gate Keeper out of the corner of my eye. She cracked a smile at my discomfort. She was enjoying the moment. Was this going to be an “access denied” morning? Is rejecting some poor soul the highlight of her day?
Did you know they have a form for this situation? I had to sign a statement agreeing to pay the doctor should the insurance claim be denied. My access was granted and I was escorted into the nether regions of the office. Whew!
In my Bible reading this morning I parked at Ephesians 3:12 and took a break. The phrase which caught my eye was “in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.” There’s a blessing to add to my list. I have confident access to Almighty God.
In the Old Testament story of Esther, the queen entered the king’s presence on her own initiative. He had not summoned her. Should he be annoyed at her boldness, he could withhold the gesture of extending the golden scepter and Esther would lose her life. She had access but there was no confidence. Esther did not know how the story would end.
I can come into God’s presence with a different mindset. He has invited me to come as often as I want or need. In Philippians 4:6, God through Paul worded the invitation this way, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” I can enter God’s presence with assurance I belong there at His invitation. I am part of His family.
Need another reason for confidently entering God’s presence? Try Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think …” I can think up some big things and create some major requests and yet, I never strain God’s power or His ability. I don’t have to hold back out of fear I will put God on the spot. He can handle it, whatever it is.
Hebrews 4:16 records these encouraging words, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” I love it when God repeats Himself, especially when I see how He led two separate writers to capture the same idea. God must know I am slow to grasp the points.
I do not have to approach God with timidity over interrupting His busy day. I can exercise confident access when I come before Him.