Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me.Revelations 3: 20
The yellow Chrysanthemum in Japan is a national symbol for sun and light (immortality). The ‘Festival of Happiness’ is celebrated every year in honour of the Chrysanthemum. White Chrysanthemum are reserved for funerals and graves.
In several European nations, including Belgium, Italy, France and Austria, Chrysanthemum symbolism has to do with death. The only time Chrysanthemum flowers are given in these nations is as a token of comfort, grief or bereavement.
Every warning, reproof, and entreaty in the Word of God, or through His delegated messengers, is a nock at the door of the heart; it is the voice of Jesus asking entrance. With every knock unheeded, your determination to open becomes weaker. If the voice of Jesus is not heeded at once, it becomes confused in the mind with a multitude of other voices, the world’s care and business engross the attention, and conviction dies away. The heart becomes less impressible, and lapses into a perilious unconsciousness of the shortness of time, and the great eternity beyond.
The heavenly Guest is standing at your door, while you are piling up obstructions to bar his entrance. Jesus is knocking through the prosperity He gives you. He loads you with blessings to test your fidelity, that they may flow out from you to others. Will you permit your selfishness to triumph? Will you squander God’s talents, and lose your soul through idolatrous love of the blessings He has given.Ellen G White RH Nov 2, 1886