A Beautiful Gate
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. –Zephaniah 3:17
We walk in and out of gates throughout our lives. There are gates that keep us out and others that let us in. The first time I went to the county jail to see my dear friend, Shelby, I realized the magnitude of the gates that held her captive. I cried as I sat in the visitors’ check-in area waiting for my name to be called. I was in awe of the pain that my friend expressed to me over a brief, supervised phone call I had had with her a few days before.
I prayed and looked at a magazine surrounded by angry and sad friends and relatives who came to visit their loved ones at the county jail. Once my name was called, I was brought in through security into an elevator that brought me to the floor where Shelby could come out and see me on the opposite side of the glass and talk to me through a phone receiver. My heart was heavy with grief after the brief moments we talked before saying goodbye. Before I left, I slid my hand up against the glass and she placed her hand against mine on the opposite side.
There is a story in the Bible in Acts 3: 1-10 of a different kind of gate, one that marked the entrance to the temple. A lame beggar sat at this gate begging for money. As Peter and John approached, he turned to them hoping for them to give him alms. But instead, Peter said, “Silver or gold, I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” (verse 6 NIV). BAM! Just like that, and you know what? That man was healed. As a result of his healing, he was able to enter the temple courts to worship with them. I can’t think of anything as strikingly beautiful as a man once lame healed by the power of God!
I heard that story many times before I was struck with the thought that this gate was called Beautiful! Just to think that God knew all along as this gate was named horaios which is the Greek adjective for beautiful. Additionally, it describes something that is happening at the right time. For sure, this man was positioned at the right place, at the right time to receive his healing.
Thank you that Your name is above every name and that your power is rich and beautiful. Help position us in our lives to receive the beautiful blessings and healing that you have in store for us. Thank you for giving our lives meaning and for making beauty out of the pain and messiness of our lives.
In Jesus’ precious name,