My heart sank. I knew it before I checked. The door was locked.
Moments before, while Luke worked away from home and my 5 oldest kids vacationed at Grandma’s, I sat at home with my newborn baby girl and our dog. With the baby asleep in her chair, I stepped out of the house and into the garage to refill the dog food. That’s when the door shut behind me.
I quickly assessed my situation.
Husband: Out of town.
Keys: Securely locked inside the house.
Phone: With the keys.
Baby: In the house!!!
Everything but me and the dog were in the house.
Tears welled up in my eyes as I turned the doorknob time and time again hoping somehow it would open.
I knew I should consult God about this, so I did … and then I grabbed a hammer and climbed out the window.
I carefully considered the best window to bash and started swinging – once, twice, three times. Nothing. Then I really put my weight behind it and … nothing. Apparently we have hammer-proof glass.
I moved to another window and finally broke through only to find out it was double-paned glass.
There I stood in the dark, hammer in hand (did I mention it was raining?), and still no way in the house.
I marched back to the well-lit, dry garage to re-group.
In the quietness of the garage I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to stop and pray.
This time I did. And when I waited long enough to listen, God calmed my heart and showed me another way.
Within minutes (and no hammer) I popped the locked door open.
The baby slept soundly unaware of the fiasco that had just unfolded. My heart stopped pounding and what moments before scared me senseless, now left me laughing.
Does that ever happen to you? Instincts send you racing down a rabbit trail of useless efforts of your own, and it’s only after you exhaust all of your best ideas that you finally let God lead the way.
As followers of Jesus and children of God, He promises us wisdom every time we ask,
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 (NIV)
When I really think about it, the first part of this verse comes easy for me. I often ask God for wisdom. It’s verse 6 that creates a problem for me.
When I ask, I don’t always count on God to give me wisdom.
Instead, I count on myself. I ask God, but rely on me until I end up back at the starting line, drenched and out of options.
Whatever you face today, you can turn to God. He’s waiting open-handed with His wisdom. But as we seek God’s wisdom, let’s linger long enough to receive from Him.
My pastor challenged us this week to spend 5 minutes a day listening to God. Not praying, not praising, not sitting quietly while we scroll through the grocery list in our heads. But purpose 5 minutes a day to be still in God’s presence and simply listen. I think it’s a great start to lingering long enough to hear from God. Will you take the challenge with me?