God Knows When To Lock A Door
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How many times have you faced a locked door? Do you remember the frustration you felt as you tugged and pulled on it over and over, but it still remained locked?
Well, just a few weeks ago I personally experienced this very situation. Sometimes I stay in the Green Room to be available for anyone who might need prayer or to talk over a personal situation. Other times, I do what I call a prayer walk in the halls or in the arena. This particular time I felt kind of torn about where to be, so I stepped outside the room. However, as I did, the door swung shut and locked. I thought, "Oh great! Now what?"
After observing different people making several attempts to unlock the door, I decided to leave it in God’s hands and I would find a hall to pray in.
It was then that one of our people, needing a restroom, was directed down the hallway I was standing in. She looked so worn out and as she walked toward me, I felt this strong urge to pray for her. As I put my arms around her, I prayed for the Lord’s strength to fill her, and instantly He just poured His strength into her body. I watched as her energy returned and her eyes began to brighten.
She then shared with me the difficulty of dealing with some tragic family situations, but said she now felt stronger and hopeful. I'm so grateful I happened to be right there at that very moment. I told her I was there, because my door was locked.
We talked a little longer and then as she started to walk away, she looked back over her shoulder smiling and shouted, "Wow! God sure knows when to lock a door."
If the door hadn't locked on me, we both would have missed this wonderful opportunity God had planned. He knew her need and wanted to hold and comfort her with His strength.
The next time a door shuts and locks on you, instead of getting frustrated ... look around. Perhaps God has something better planned on this side of the door.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.