It was EASTER morning! As a worship pastor, you have to understand, this is one of the 2 biggest days of the year. I am filled with great anticipation. I can hardly sleep the night before. I wake up at 4:30am to prepare my heart. At 5am, I get ready. It takes a lot of work to get as average looking as me. I am trying to get to the church for 5:30am to lead our great worship team volunteers. I feel the pressure to hurry- but I am still sneaking around the house in the dark, so as to not wake my wife and kids. I put on my “flyest” outfit, which isn’t much, well- because I am a terrible dresser. I check my pockets to make sure I have enough guitar picks to give me a feeling of security to get through the morning. Only one thing I need before I can go. My keys.
My keys. I lost my keys. So I begin to look, everywhere.
Now, let me make one thing very clear. I am horrible at finding things. Absolutely horrible. It’s like this…
After 15 minutes of panic, I begin to sweat, thinking that Easter will be ruined. Nobody will worship. And people will forget that Jesus is alive. All because of some lost keys. I had only one option but to wake Jessica up. She popped up off the pillow merrily (not really) and said, “Did you look in your truck?” Now what kind of fool would I be to leave my keys in my vehicle? I denied that it was possible. Quick, give me some better ideas. But she insisted. Apparently she knows me better than I know myself. I strolled outside and found my keys, in my truck, in the ignition. I refuse to tell you if the truck was running. How foolish do you think I am?
Easter was saved! In just the nick of time!
So, what’s the point of this really long story?
Here is what I learned:
Why do I continually try to run my own life when I can’t even find our keys in the morning?
God’s ways are higher. His ways are better.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! [Romans 11:33]
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. [Isaiah 40:28]
You can’t deny it. You are just like me…struggling with the great temptation to run “the show.”
To find satisfaction in your marriage.
To define the boundaries for your children.
To determine which corporate ladder you should climb.
To decide how often and how invested in the church you and your family will be.
To decide where and how you will spend your money.
To pick which diet or gym you will try to get the specific image you desire.
And on and on and on…
But if I can’t even find my keys, and we all have our stories, what makes us think we are going to do anything of eternal significance apart from God?
Apart from Him? Emptiness.
My marriage will never be fulfilled apart from Him.
My kids will be lost without knowing Him.
My career is worthless if not giving glory to Him.
The church and my family will suffer with my indifference to it.
My money is a waste if not honoring and building His kingdom.
My body is but an empty temple to myself without His leading.
And I die. Empty. But at least I found my keys.
I don’t think any of us desire that life.
Trust in God, even when it is hard. He is far better at leading you than you are.