I want to thank those of you who came to our house on Memorial Day. I think we had a whole bunch of good food and even more great fellowship!
There was one situation that came up, though, that I think we can ALL learn a lesson from. It seems that “Person A” offered to retrieve some lawn chairs for “Person B” out of “Person B’s” car. This was very thoughtful of “Person A.”
However, when “Person B” was ready to leave, the keys to his/her car were nowhere to be found. “Person B” had not seen them since giving them to “Person A.”
“Person A” thought they had returned the keys, but “Person B” was sure they had not returned the keys. So “Person B” called the police and had “Person A” arrested for stealing their keys...I’m just kidding!
A great search was initiated by many of the good folks who were at our house. Several retraced the steps from the trunk to the back yard, thoroughly searched where everyone involved was sitting...but to no avail: the keys were not on the ground.
Finally it was decided that “Person A” had accidently dropped the keys in the trunk of “Person B’s” car. “Person B’s” spouse did not have their keys, so “Person B” secured a ride to their home to retrieve their spouses keys to the car.
After opening the trunk, it was discovered that the previous conclusion had been incorrect: the keys were not accidently locked in the trunk.
“Person A” offered to buy a new key (“smart” keys that are fairly expensive), “Person B” declined and finally everyone left our house.
With everyone gone, “Person C” (that’s me) decided to make one more pass through the back yard, car port and driveway. Just as “Person C” was going in the house, he glanced at the hood of “Person M’s” car...and there was the key!
“Person C” happily called “Person B” to report the good news. “Person B” called “Person A” and, well, all’s well that ends well.
So what’s the point?
I think I figured it out...everyone who had been retracing the path from the car to the back yard had been looking at the ground. They looked under the car, in the grass, under fallen leaves, everywhere low.
If someone (myself included) had taken their eyes off the ground and looked up, they would have quickly discovered the key.
So many times when we are facing problems, we look down, kick the dirt, and, when we don’t find a solution, we keep looking down and keep kicking the dirt and only find more frustration.
In Psalm 121:1-2 the psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”
The next time you have lost something or have a problem, remember to “lift up your eyes to the hills…”