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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You can't pick Heaven's lock!

Late last evening, we locked ourselves out of our car. For an hour and half I worked with an hanger to get the car open. The night sky flashed with lightning and threatened rain. I was embarrassed and frustrated. I was so close so many times, but without success. Finally, as the parking lot was just about empty, I swallowed my pride and called a lock-smith. Once he arrived, he had the car open in less than thirty seconds!

As I paid the lock-smith, I said, "You did a great job, but did you know that you can't pick the lock on Heaven's door?" He looked at me rather strange as I continued, "Only Jesus carries the key to Heaven's door." I gave him a tract and asked him to read it and call me if he had any questions.

As I drove my exhausted pregnant wife home through the rain, I wondered what purpose God had by allowing us to lock our keys in the car? Perhaps it was a divine appointment scheduled by God just to give that lock-smith a gospel tract. Please pray that God's Word would not return void!


Anonymous Mrs. Gail said...

Hello Stephen and Evelyn,

I must tell you our own locksmith story!
Several days ago, our car stopped dead in the left-turn lane at a red light. Paul was out of town, so I called some folks from church. Before they arrived, we had 2 policemen and 3 strangers stop to help us. One man was a mechanic, one was from the business at the corner, and one was...a locksmith. :)
The battery was so dead that jumping it did not help. It would not go into neutral so that it could be pushed out of the road. Ninety minutes and a new battery later, they got that car out of the middle of the road. I looked around for my 5 "good Samaritans" and they were gone! After all, they were 90 minutes late for wherever they were headed, and it was 95 degrees outside...but I had not been able to give them the tracts I had prepared or invite them to church!
Next day, bright and early, I was able to hand-deliver thank you cards, tracts, and invitations to church to 5 people (including a locksmith) under much less stressful conditions. :)
And, yes, I do believe that it was a Divine appointment. I'll pray for your locksmith if you'll pray for mine. :)

August 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Good way to turn the situation into a witnessing opportunity! I locked my keys in my car earlier this week and we had several college guys trying to unlock it. Finally we gave up and I hitched a ride home to get my other set of keys. It is a most frustrating thing to have happen. :-)

October 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

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