When Your Locked Out

Well, Friday has arrived and when I arrived home I was locked out. How you might ask? After my mom had stayed at our house and watched our dogs while away, she accidentally forgot to leave me my key and while I arrived home my lovely wife and child were out and about, far from my need. I had planned a nice afternoon with the dogs and getting a few things done, but now I am at a local coffee shop writing to you.

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Now I can not complain too much as I love coffee and enjoy being at the local coffee shop, but it did put a hamper on what I wanted to do. Of course this scenario is a great example as to how life really works sometimes, or most of the time. You can plan, and then plan some more, but you are not in control. No matter how much you plan out your life, things change, people change and sometimes all within the blink of an eye.

As humans we want to be in control, not just some of the time, but all of the time. We hate being out of control or having someone else in control; I mean hey, it is our life right? As much as this statement would seem to be true, the world around us proclaims a different reality and story all together.

We live in a fallen and battered world that is not getting any better anytime soon, and so we must come to understand that no matter how much we want to control things, scenarios and people, it can not happen! This sad reality puts a hamper on our self confidence may bring us down for a moment, but in the overall spectrum it shines light on the truth and that truth is that God is in control.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

Our plans need to match His plans and when they do not, He likes to changes things up around us and even sometimes within us in order to bring us in to subjection to where He wants us to be. Now of course we as humans are typically hard headed and this avenue of direction changing can take some time, with some a little longer than others with myself guilty and still guilty.

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The key here is to take everything day by day, moment by moment and keeping close to the Lord at all times. When we are sensitive to His Spirit we can then feel the direction of His call for that particular day. The next key is by always remaining flexible with a smile on our hearts. Why a smile on our hearts? Because a smile on our face can always represent a false reality underneath it all.

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God also does this to help our faith grow and to rely on Him more. Whenever everything is going according to our own plan it is easy to become self confident and self reliant. Only when things start unraveling in the opposite direction of where we want to go do we become aware of our own human limitations and frailties.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

We must remember and realize that God is good, not just sometimes, but all the time. We must also remember that God is in control and that when we allow Him to take full control in our life, our plans will no longer be ours, but will be His. We must let go and not become frustrated with changes in plans and know that the Lord is allowing it to happen in order to steers us correctly. So next time you are locked out of your plans, just know that all is well as the Lord moves before us and guides us to where He wants us to be and to do what He wants us to pursue.

-Michael Thacker

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