Locked in the Loo!

“It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, He has turned away and will not listen anymore. Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your lips are full of lies, and your mouth spews corruption.” Isaiah 59:2-3 (NLT)

One time while we were living in Brisbane Australia, I had the opportunity to speak at a church there. Their morning program usually flowed with a time of worship, then a “cuppa” break outside for everyone to fellowship, then everyone back inside for the message and ministry time. This specific morning had an awesome worship section and I felt pumped ready to go. Then we broke and had a fellowship time, which meant we all went outside, and of course that’s where the loo (restroom) was located. I slipped away to do business there, but somehow the door behind me closed, and it was deadbolted with the opening mechanism on the outside (go figure)! I was literally stuck in the “loo” as everyone was heading back inside. I started pounding on the door, even shouting, to no avail. I imagined them introducing me, and wondering where I had gone! Suddenly someone walked by, not involved in the church, opened the door, and I flew out of there (thanking them as I whisked by). I ran up to the stage and began my message! I actually can’t remember anything else about that service.

Why do I share such a crazy story? Many folks today are stuck in a place they are not meant to be! Everything seems right on track, then suddenly something has gone amiss. They know it, and just can’t get out. They are meant to be on the platform that God has prepared for them, but because of a few unwise or sloppy decisions, or maybe things out of their control, or a traumatic incident, they have wandered off that path, and now feel like they stand behind a locked door in a stinky place!

Ask God to show you any doors that have prevented you from stepping on the platform that He has for you! If it is sin and disobedience that has closed the door, be quick to confess it to Him and ask for a second opportunity. Cry out for Him to re-open the door and then be ready to run to your assignment. Choose to be obedient no matter what it is He is calling you to do, or be a part of. God desires obedience, and values it above sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Pray that same way for any family members or friends who may be locked in the loo as well! Pray that God would re-open door of destiny for all those around you!