30 Days of Grateful Praise:: Keys

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It’s a lonesome feeling wanting to be on the inside but only being able to stare forlornly through the auto glass at the keys on your car seat….. or through the back door at your purse on the table which contains, you guessed it, your keys.

You’ve been there right? Tell me I’m not the only one who possesses the spiritual gift of locking myself out of my car (in the middle of countless parking lots…) and my house at the most inopportune times?

Once upon a time, when the cats and I inhabited a rental house, I set out for the gym one morning, grabbing my towel and my water. As I was shutting the door behind me I had the distinct feeling I should have had something else in my hand…. like my keys. All in one continuous motion the latch clicked and I realized my misfortune. A quick tour around to all the doors and windows revealed a side door that wasn’t locked but had a mountain of boxes doubling as a blockade and a chain that was securely latched. Though I could push it open about 3 inches, no matter how much time I spent at the gym I wasn’t getting through.

So I called on the sweet neighbors across the street for back up and I’ll always remember how their house smelled like breakfast and their bibles were laid open at the table where they said they had just finished their devotions together. We chatted about what a blessing it was for them to be able to share their faith but more importantly the key of giving God the best part of their day which was their mornings. Being fresh off a divorce and not too friendly with God save for Sunday mornings, I remember it was hard to hold back tears and I felt like I was being handed a very important truth that wouldn’t be fully realized until years later. With their sweet encouragement and the help of some worldly tools I was able to rectify my key-less situation and reclaim my day.

I moved not too long after and though you’d think I’d learned my lesson, there was a Saturday morning I decided to scamper out to my car in my pajamas and flip-flops to rescue something left there the previous night. Still only accompanied by the cats at this point I closed the back door behind me to keep them and the heat in because it had turned cold…. but also without thinking, I ended up keeping myself out. This time, a walk through the woods to the neighbor’s fell flat because no one was home. When faced with the choice of frostbite or cleaning up broken glass I figured sweeping up the shards would be less messy for all those involved. So I smashed the bottom window pane on the door and broke in. Thankfully, there was less explaining to do because this time, I owned the house.

Some days it feels like I’m always searching for the key to a fulfilling job, a fun family life, a fruitful writing career, a faith-filled marriage, and countless other things. Some days are full of break-throughs. And still others are full of God breaking me — but only so he can gain entry to some deeper part that maybe I’ve locked away. It’s messy but necessary. After all, He doesn’t revel in being shut out either.

He reminds me that for those times when I feel like I’m locked out, looking in on a life I wish I had that nothing is left to chance and no experience is wasted. Like keys collected on a janitor’s belt, clinking and jingling through the hallways, each one opens it’s own specific door. 

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The key lies in remaining patient and faithful and trusting fully in a gracious God who stands ready to let me in.

I will give him the key to the house of David–the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them. ~Isaiah 22:22

I pray that we won’t lock ourselves out of the best God has for us because we fail to grab hold to one simple thing…

You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:20

Are you feeling locked out? Keep knocking my friend, God hears you and is waiting to hand over the keys.

 


7 thoughts on “30 Days of Grateful Praise:: Keys

  1. Searching for the keys to the life we dream of, yet hoping we don’t get locked out of the life God intended for us — very profound! I was expecting your story of wandering around in your pajamas to be difficult to explain your way out of, but sounds like maybe your area sees this more often than I’d imagine?! 🙂 Did you think of hiding a key someplace just for you? Inside one of your vintage items? Just a suggestion . . . but then again if you did that, you’d give up a lot of good blogging material! 🙂

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    1. haha! Yes, if I couldn’t tell of my follies I wouldn’t have much to write about : ) I’m a little better with that bad habit now and I did finally employ the hidden spare key tactic. And what a gift you have for summing up my posts in a much more eloquent way than I ever could!!♥♥♥

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  2. Good one Heather. I got a lot out of this post. This bit really hit the nail on the head for me “He reminds me that for those times when I feel like I’m locked out, looking in on a life I wish I had that nothing is left to chance and no experience is wasted” Totally sums up where I’m at some days. Really appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. :))

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