Very rarely does someone knock on our door anymore. Back in the day especially growing up when someone knocked on the door it was with excitement that we answered it. Who could it be? Opening the door we were surprised to see my Aunt Ethel, Aunt Lucy, or our old friend Margaret (who was in her 80’s but got around like a 20 year old.) Their visits were always fun and made our day a little better! Of course it was like the old TV show “Let’s Make A Deal” too. The person behind the door wasn’t always a loved one. Sometimes the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Fuller Brush Man would be there. In other words sometimes we got zonked when we opened the door. A zonk on Let’s Make a Deal was when the curtain or door was opened and behind it was something nobody could want. Still we took our chances with the door in hopes that behind it was a nice surprising visitor!
These days when someone is knocking at the door it is almost always a zonk. If they suspect that someone is home they start pounding louder if there is no reaction to their initial knock. When I do answer the door I find myself barely having my head sticking through the opened door as the rest of me hides behind it. I use the door as kind of a shield. It protects me from the person trying to sell me something I don’t want. The person tries to get me more comfortable with them but that door block is hard to negotiate around. I try to be polite as they make their sales pitch. The knocking is an interruption to my life. I don’t think I have ever made a major purchase from someone going door to door. Occasionally I will take their card as they tell me to call them if I am interested. It is a polite way to end the visit without seeming rude. Finally I close the door on the product that I can’t live without.
I guess that is the problem with door to door sales in my view. Before opening the door I have already made up my mind that I’m not interested. Having to overcome that is almost always too heavy of a burden for them. Getting past that trust factor and into my pocketbook is a monumental task. If they really have a product that I just can’t live without, how have I been able to live without it all of these years? If I truly wanted to fix a problem I’m more apt to buy a product from a local store where I could always take it back.
I have a very basic cell phone where I can make and receive calls and text messages. Lately I have been seeing an ad on TV about buying an application for a smart phone. If I had a smart phone I don’t think I’d be interested in this app. It is a doorbell app that lets you answer your front door wherever you are. You could be on vacation in Hawaii and answer your front door. You actually see the person at the door from your phone and you can talk and listen to them. Of course in the commercial it is guys up to no good thinking that you are not home. The commercial ends with the two would be burglars running from the front door after the brief conversation. This product is trying to take advantage of the defensive attitude we have today when someone knocks at our door. I have never had someone try to get into my house while I was pretending nobody was home. If this product is so necessary, why hasn’t that happened before? I guess it is like an extra insurance policy that makes us less fearful and more at ease.
We don’t get surprises from our telephone these days either. They used to have a radio station back in the day that would make phone calls for prizes. You had to answer the phone saying “I listen to WYYY”, to win. It was a genius way to advertise! I used to laugh when I called my best friend only to have his mom answer the phone with that statement instead of the traditional hello. I’m sure she never won any prizes but she should have been paid for all of the advertising she did for the station! Now days that marketing scheme would never work as we pick and choose who we want to talk to by using Caller ID. Come to think about it we used to receive more calls from friends back in the day. With the advent of Facebook and the use of email friends don’t call much anymore. It is almost a dreaded sound when the phone rings these days It seems to ring a lot but very rarely is it anyone that knows us. These calls go to the answering machine and it is very likely that no message will be left.
The point I’m making is that we are not easily surprised anymore. There is not a feeling of excitement like there used to be. We are not willing to take the chance of going to the door or answering the phone because we already know who it is. Instead of quickly opening the door we tend to peek unsuspectingly out another window of the house to see who it is. Usually by the time we find out that the person at the door is a loved one we have to race to the door and catch them before they have driven off. If Jesus is knocking on your heart’s door don’t be defensive. He is like a surprising visit from a long lost friend. Run and catch him before he leaves. Invite him in and fellowship with him. His offer is eternal life and you don’t want to shut the door on that!