Priscilla Shirer told the story of how she was trying to leave for an appointment one day and her garage door wouldn’t open. They punched every button, tried everything they could think of, but could not get the door open. Eventually, they discovered that one of the lasers had been bumped out of alignment so that it was not connecting properly. Once the laser was bumped back into place, the garage door opened. Do you ever find yourself stuck in the garage trying to get the door open?
I often have dreams where I am trying to get somewhere, but things and people keep getting in my way, and I just can’t seem to get where I want to go. I wake up frustrated and irritable. It is often a representation of my real life. I feel stuck in the garage. The door just refuses to open. Maybe it is a case of needing realignment.
In John 15:4 says, “4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” To be properly aligned, we must abide in Christ. To abide in Christ is to be obedient to His Word, which means we have to take time to read and meditate on the scriptures and then apply them to our lives. In the process, God prunes away whatever keeps us from producing fruit, allowing us to grow spiritually.
If we want the door to open, we need to align ourselves with God’s Word, and then He will open the door to the path He has planned for us. The answer is simple, but it isn’t always easy. The alignment process may only take a small bump in the right direction, or it may mean a complete overhaul. However, the process is worth it because it brings you to where you were meant to be. No matter where you are on the spectrum, I think the words of an old hymn sum it up beautifully:
Trust and Obey
I have been working on a project that requires my work to meet a set standard. Randomly and unknown to me, I am sent validation samples. The goal is to match predetermined standards by at least 70%. All I need is a good solid C to pass and continue on. Every few days I am sent calibration testing which gives me samples and tests my ability to match the standard. It is used as a reminder of the standards, to keep them at the forefront of my mind while I work.
As Christians, we have a standard to live up to as well in the form of Jesus. Unlike the world, God requires a 100% match to His standard, the law, but since we couldn’t reach that He sent us Jesus to bridge the gap. However, that doesn’t exempt us from being called to the standard. While God doesn’t fire his children, so to speak, he does constantly instruct and correct us when we don’t follow the standard, His version of recalibration.
I also think it is helpful to take stock of our relationship with God without the need of correction to motivate us in the right direction. When you feel stuck or in a difficult place, sometimes you can feel like God is not listening or that your prayers are not being answered. In times like these it might help to ask yourself some questions. Beth Moore gave the following recalibration questions in a devotional I listened to recently:
- WHERE are you? (Genesis 3:9)
- WHO told you that? (Genesis 3:11)
- WHAT are you seeking? (John 1:38)
- WHY are you afraid? (Matthew 8:26)
- HOW much more? (Luke 11:13)
Take a moment to honestly answer these questions and you might find the answers to your situation. To be honest, I hate stopping to answer calibration samples, but it often helps me clear my head and get back on the right path. If I do it for work, how much more should I be willing to do it to make sure we have a solid relationship with God? As Beth Moore said in answer to the last question…so much more.