So – how many times has this happened to me? I take the padlock off the gate to close it. I latch the gate. Then I look, intending to lock the padlock, and it’s not there.
It’s ok. I get it figured out. The lock was just in my other hand. Signs of a dwindling sharpness of intellect – of a declining ability to truly know what I think I know.
Now, is this a bad thing? Well, it’s a normal thing. And my hunch is that our Father’s intent is to use it for His good purposes. A humbling process. A fine-tuning of our character, to get us as close as possible to what He wants us to be before the day that we step into His Holy presence and see Him face to face.
Because the more clearly we understand that we don’t always know what we think we know, the more readily we’ll just do what He’s meant for us to be doing all our lives. Looking to Him. Leaning on Him. Resting in His strength, His provision, and His guidance.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.