Week Twenty Eight
Lost Keys Faith
…put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“By faith, I believe that the [mate] with my desires will be made known to me, and you should believe that as well.”
It was a normal day off from work, and I planned to go grocery shopping with my mom. I drove to her house, threw my keys on the counter and got in the car with her, so that we could pick up groceries. Our trip was pretty uneventful. We came home, unloaded and separated the groceries. I grabbed my bags and my keys from the counter and headed to the car. I had to visit some other stores because I hadn’t found all of what I needed. I made three more stops, grabbed lunch and headed home. I pulled in the garage, reached for my keys, which I naturally and subconsciously almost always throw in the cup holder, but they weren’t there.
I had no worries. I had a spare key to get in the house. I knew the keys had to be in the car, so I unloaded my bags, ate my lunch, watched some television, and then, I remembered that I had never looked for my keys. So, I went back down to the car looked to see if the key ring had fallen in between the seats. I saw nothing. I thought maybe they fall out of my hands as I was hugging my nephew goodbye. Then, I tried to remember if I had actually grabbed them or if I had just thought to grab them. So, I called my mom. She did not see the keys at her house, or in the driveway. We tried to think of where they could possibly be.
I revisited the parking lot, called all the stores I had been to, but none had my keys. I searched through the empty grocery bags, in the refrigerator, everywhere. Now, I should mention that I prayed about this. I asked the Lord to help me find my keys. And, each time I came up empty handed, I asked again. I did start considering what the loss of keys meant. First, I felt a tiny bit of paranoia because my name is on two of my key chains, so I didn’t want an unwelcome guest at my house. Then, I thought about an order that I had coming in the mail, so I needed the mailbox key. So, I went on about my day and when I got home, I started searching again. I still found nothing, but my car is really clean.
I went to bed, said my prayers and asked God to show me the keys. I woke up to a phone call from someone who had found some keys, but they were not my keys. I called and asked my mom to look again, so she said she would. I called the post office to see how I could replace my mailbox key and the woman said it would be $25. I did not want to pay that much, but I would have to if I didn’t find my keys. Plus, I started to wonder about my safety again. Then, I started reading the devotions for the day. One was about resting in God. The other was about being specific in prayer. So, I prayed again. I said, “Lord, I really don’t want to pay $25 for a new key and I am trying to feel safe, even though, there is a small chance that someone could break into my house, but I know You will protect me. Can you please show me where the keys are?”
I went to the car to search again, but found nothing. I came upstairs and looked in a bag that I had brought in days earlier (I was just grasping at straws at this point), but in the bag, there was an ornament with the word, “Hope,” on it. I looked through the grocery bags, and then, it hit me I hadn’t emptied all of the grocery bags, some things were put in the cabinet still in the bag. I threw open the cabinet door and pulled down the first bag I saw, but no keys. I looked up and saw another bag, as I pulled it from the shelf, I heard my keys jingling. I started jumping and shouting and dancing.
So, what is the point of all of this? I have read and heard of mustard-seed faith, but I never really understood the concept. How could faith so small, a tiny glimmer of hope, yield results? I found out that mustard-seed faith is a lot like lost keys faith. It is holding on to the minute bit of hope that you have left that there is Something greater and Someone bigger than anything your eyes can see.
How does that apply to singleness? Well, there is nothing in my life right now that indicates that I will ever have another relationship or that I will have the children and family I desire. Nevertheless, I cling to the little hope that I have that God does not mean for me to be alone and, in His appointed time, I will have the desires of my heart because He promised me that. By the way, I often try to figure out why things happen the way they do and I truly believe I went through this just so that I could write this devotion. So, whether it is mustard-seed faith or lost-keys faith, never let go of it. You will not ever regret believing that God can change your situation!
Thank You, God for showing me
what just a little faith can do.
Please forgive me for every time that I
have doubted that You are able to come through for me.
Lord, please help me to quiet the voice of unbelief
and to cling to my faith in every situation and circumstance.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.