“There’s more to getting to where you’re going then
just knowing there’s a road.”
Joan Lowery Nixon
(entry way to a home on Mackinac Island, MI / Julie Cook /2017)
Standing in front of the locked gate,
looking through the cascading tunnel of hydrangeas,
one’s view falls upon a single door.
There is much to be assumed by standing on this other side,
this outside of the locked gate.
Whereas there is no sign stating otherwise, most passerbys would assume that
attempting to open the gate would be considered taboo, a violation, a no no.
There is just something there, with the gate and emptiness from the closed
door, that lacks an invitation or welcome or adventure.
Staring at the door, located at the far end of the walkway,
one does not know if there are residents on the opposite side of the closed door.
Is anyone at home?
Those standing at the gate, staring at the door,
have no idea as to what the interior of the home looks like.
Is it pretty?
Does it have a lovely view?
Is it a permanent home or a vacation home?
So many questions and even more assumptions from simply staring through a
narrow opening while standing before a closed gate.
One might assume, given the mystique found in the almost tunnel-like entry
leading to the yard and walkway, that there is something almost
One might assume from the location of the house, which sits on the shores
of the great lake, steps from a historic town, that someone rich and or
famous may live here.
Yet no one can really say…
It is a mystery only heightened by the curious yet lovely sweeping floral
The house… could it be actually vacant, even empty…
or perhaps waiting on the market…
Yet the current condition of the exterior does not appear to signal empty.
So given one’s curious thoughts, generated by merely passing by such
a gate to such a home, all the while being given over to the easily assumed and
imaginative wandering of what could be…
all the while the open-ended assumptions seem much greater than the factual…
So why then, when presented with the idea of a God and of the Resurrection of
His son, the Savior…why would anyone simply assume negating such a presentation,
imagining it be impossible and or implausible when totally uncertain about the facts of truth?
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…
2 Timothy 3:16