Have You Knocked At Every Door?

Have You Knocked At Every Door?

I’m reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Do you ever begin a book & realize you were destined to read it at just this time in life? That’s how Les Mis feels.

Yes, it’s a huge, thick book but I like those the best. It’s like meeting a new friend & having lots and lots of long talks. The right book can become a beautiful relationship & I already know just 1/4th of the way through Les Mis that this is going to be a life-long companion of mine.

The pages of this book have resonated with me tremendously over the past few weeks. Parts of my life feel out of control & I’ve begun to experience moments of hopelessness. I’m sure many of you have experienced hopelessness in some way, whether it be financially, relationally, or spiritually.

You know the verse, “knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7)? Well, it hasn’t seemed like that to me lately. I’ve been knocking & nothing has happened.

But then I read this passage in Les Mis; Jean Valjean (the protagonist) is homeless, an ex-convict, and has been turned away from every inn and public house in the  little town of Digne. He lays down on a bench outside of a church when an older woman comes out and asks about his story. He tells her there is no place for him in the whole town.

She asks:

The door she is referring to? The open, unlocked door of the old & faithful Bishop of Digne who welcomes him in, feeds him & gives Jean Valjean the first clean bed & set of sheets he has had in 19 years.

I began to realize from this passage that it’s not that the doors aren’t opening, it’s that I think I have been knocking in the wrong place.

More specifically (and personally), I’ve been seeking my own solutions to problems instead of turning to the Lord, asking him for direction & knocking on His door first before I waste my time at others.

I want to encourage you to not feel hopeless, to not feel as though you’ve knocked on every door because you haven’t, there’s always one more door and I want you to “knock there.”

P.s.   Most of you have probably heard of Les Misérables in the context of the stunning broadway musical. Well guess what? They’re making the musical into a film full of unbelievable casting & it’s coming out December 14th. I cannot wait!

Check out the trailer HERE (& maybe grab a few tissues!).

 

Molly Keating

About Molly Keating

Hi, I’m Molly and I write for the blog here at O’Connor. I grew up in a mortuary with a mortician for a father who’s deep respect for the profession inspired me to give working at a mortuary a try.
Work at O’Connor has brought together two of my deep passions, writing & grief awareness. In 2016 I earned Certification in the field of Thanatology, the study of Death, Dying and Bereavement. I am honored to be able to speak on these taboo topics with knowledge, compassion, and a unique perspective.
I want to sincerely thank you for following & reading the blog, I hope that this is a healing place for you.

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  • Another thought-provoking post, Molly! Great job. Enjoy your reading…you’ve picked a real winner there! Chock full of wonderful imagery and character voices. Love it!

    • MollyKeating

      I sure have, thanks Kim!

  • Found this Krishnamurti quote…”Life is constantly knocking at our door. When we close the windows and doors of our house and stay inside, we feel very secure, we feel safe, unmolested. But life is not like that. Life is constantly knocking at our door, trying to push open our windows that we may see more; and if out of fear we lock the doors, bolt all the windows, the knocking only grows louder. The closer we cling to security in any form, the more life comes and pushes us. The more we are afraid and enclose ourselves, the greater is our suffering, because life won’t leave us alone. We want to be secure but life says we cannot be; and so our struggle begins.”

    Life is persistent, and beckons us to dance…

    • MollyKeating

      Kim
      What an awesome quote. I love the twist it puts on us insulating ourselves from opportunities. I think that idea works perfectly with Carrie’s comment above that talks about fear and how it holds us back from knocking. It also keeps us from hearing or desiring new opportunities when they present themselves. Fear isolates, cripples and arrests our development as people.
      Thanks so much for sharing that great quote & your insight!

  • Molly,

    Your post reminds me of the importance of patience, persistence and perseverance. An amateur gives up…a pro keeps knocking.

    Thanks for your wonderful reminders…great job!

    Joey

    PS: Les Mis is one of my favorite movies…there’s the new one coming out too!

    • MollyKeating

      Thank you so much, Joey!

      I can’t stop watching the trailer for the new one, it just looks amazing!

      Thanks for reading & sharing!

  • Tom

    interesting

    • MollyKeating

      Thanks Tom, I thought so too, that’s why I wrote it!

  • Carrie Bayer

    Molly, you are an inspiration. I often feel the need to knock on new doors but I don’t because I’m afraid of change. I know there are many opportunities out there to find the change I’m needing & this post has given me motivation to start approaching those doors. Thank you so much, Molly! Carrie

    • MollyKeating

      Carrie,
      Fear has been a huge component of my year and like you, fear has sometimes kept me from knocking at all. It is so crippling! I’m feeling a lot more hope & courage but knocking is always, always a tough thing to do. I’m glad this encouraged you Carrie, I hope the next door you knock on is the one that opens!

  • Jeff

    Molly,

    One of the reasons I know this is a good post is because I like it, and I don’t want to hear it at the same time. Kind of along the lines of Gloria Steinem’s line, “The truth shall set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” You amaze me with your constant discovery of thought and ideas that enrich my life. Thank you sweet girl.

    • MollyKeating

      Too kind. Thank you for your persistence in your own struggle to make it through the stuff none of us want to hear. You’ve been a great example to me & forged the way spiritually to challenge myself & not rest in the mediocre. Thanks for inspiring my spirit of self-discovery!

  • Lori

    Molly,
    What I love most about your posts is you always remind me of my love for books and reading. I do not treat myself to this activity often enough. I am too busy with my phone and social media. You inspire me to get back to reading, especially the classics.
    I love that at your young age your are so introspective and willing to share so much of yourself with us.
    I adore who you are and the woman you are becoming.
    Love you!
    Lori

    • MollyKeating

      Lori, Thank you so very much! You should find a book that’s good for you & re-immerse yourself in the loveliness of literature. Personally, I recommend “Gone With the Wind” if you haven’t read it already. One of my favorites and you don’t have to creep through the 70 pages on the Battle of Waterloo that Hugo is putting me through. Thank you so much for your sweet words, you are too kind!

  • Annette

    I agree wholeheartedly about knocking on the wrong doors! I am in constant need of reminding that God will provide, and I often go looking to provide myself. It is not as easy as it sounds to turn to God. I think most of us are more self-serving than we ought to be (certainly I am), and I am certain most of us find it extremely difficult to “let go, and let God”
    And as I type this out, I know I continue to “hoard”…

    • MollyKeating

      Annette,
      So true! This is one of those lessons that I am continually learning. I’ve begun to realize that I don’t (believe it or not) learn things the first time around. God has to continually remind me of His power and my flailing attempts to hold on to the “power” I feel I have. Thank you so much for sharing Annette, we are peas in a pod!

  • great blog, babe. i love you so much! you’re just the best writer ever.

    • MollyKeating

      Thank you darling!

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  • mk

    Wow. You have the unique gift of hearing from God through the timeless characters of classic fiction! (Is that a spiritual gift? I think so.) I was explaining your ability to DJ and how I can read the same book and not get the poignant “punched-in’the-gut” revelations that you do. Thanks for shining the light on my soul again through your personal vulnerability and brilliant insights.

    • MollyKeating

      Thank you so much mk! I love that you find value in some of these insights. I feel so blessed with my love of reading and the powerful moments I have as I read through. Thank you for your encouraging & uplifting words, they mean so much to me! Have a blessed day!

  • Neil O’Connor

    Molly – Some doors will never open and that is the way the it is meant to be, yet when one door closes or doesn’t open another door will open.

    • MollyKeating

      Neil,
      So true – I think some of us wait and wait and miss opportunities behind other doors because we’re stuck at one that we’re hoping will open but never will. We have to be flexible in this life, to “roll with the punches,” and have the courage to knock on other doors even if they don’t look appealing or won’t lead to the place you’d imagined. Thanks for your response Neil!

  • Sharon Watkins

    Hi Molly

    I too read Les Miserables many years ago and hardly wanted to sleep until I finished it (and you’re right – it is a VERY LONG book) but one that was life changing for me. I have seen the play numerous times and have seen every movie version so far. I went and watched the trailer for the musical version coming up and now I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!! The music is almost as inspiring as the message. Thank you for reminding me how books can take us to places we personally need to go and I agree that sometimes they come into our life when we need the message the most.

    I love your posts and appreciate the reminder of how turning to God in all things and at all times is the ultimate best direction to turn. Life has shown me that His way and direction is ALWAYS a better way – even if it is a harder way.

    Thank you sweet Molly,
    May God continue to bless you.
    Sharon

    • mollykeating

      Wow, thank you so much Sharon! I didn’t know I had a fellow Les Mis fan in you! yay!

      Thank you so much for your kind, kind words & the wisdom you shared. It’s much easier to walk the harder path when there are others along side you that can encourage & understand instead of criticize.
      Thanks again for your sweet message to me. I can’t wait to swap impressions over the new movie with you!

    • MollyKeating

      Wow, thank you so much Sharon! I didn’t know I had a fellow Les Mis fan in you! yay!

      Thank you so much for your kind, kind words & the wisdom you
      shared. It’s much easier to walk the harder path when there are others
      along side you that can encourage & understand instead of criticize.

      Thanks again for your sweet message to me. I can’t wait to swap impressions over the new movie with you!

  • Anne

    Molly, I remember when you started the book and shared with me that I might like to read it as well. I have not started, but I relate to the reading of long books. When one is really good, I mourn the last few pages because I don’t want to leave it.
    I too, am experiencing knocking, but not hearing the answers. I know I am knocking on the right door, but need patience until the answer becomes clear. Ughh!
    Wonderful blog!
    Anne

    • Thank you so much Anne!
      It’s so difficult to knock and not feel heard. I have some sense of what you’re going through though my greatest trouble has been finding the door. I’m grateful for a friend like you who feels as I do, sees as I see, and knocks with her heart open to Jesus. Thank you for the example and blessing you are!

  • amy

    Molly
    Again another amazing inspirational post. Thank you for always sharing such wonderful things that make me really think about life. I feel that when one door closes another one opens and there is always a reason.
    Amy

    • Amy,
      I think there are reasons/benefits/trials/learning moments in every change that comes our way. It’s all about our attitude in how we face them. Sometimes the “reasons” are much harder to find than the self-examination our change may force us into. Turning all changes and challenges into positive, useful and growing experiences is the best way to make it through them. Thank you for reading!!

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