Day 22: Stuck Elevator
The morning of my competition started early. I had to meet in another hotel room at 5am to start my hair and makeup. There were many athletes packed in the room, and it took me over an hour to finally sit down in the salon chair. By the time my hair and makeup were complete, I had only 30 minutes to get to the competition venue. I raced to my room to grab my workout bag that held my suit, shoes, snacks and other necessary items. Finally, I got to the elevator and along with five other competitors, waited for it to steadily go down to the first floor. When the elevator arrived at the first floor, the door would not open. We were all stuck.
I was already feeling rushed. The morning started out with plenty of time until the competition, but my makeup and hair delay created a time crunch. Now I was stuck with five other people who were already anxious to get to the competition. I felt my heart begin to pound, and I almost wanted vent my frustration. But I felt the Holy Spirit quietly tell me that nothing was a surprise to Him. I needed to rest in the confidence that God knew what was going on, and He always has the best plans for me. It only took a short minute for some of the other competitors to start yelling and venting their frustrations with heated language. The small elevator was brimming with negative energy.
I realized quickly that there should be a difference between people who have Jesus in their hearts and people who don’t. Jesus is more than willing to take our frustrations, anxiety and worry. In fact, He died to take every little negative thing in our lives. I didn’t have to vent my frustration; I only needed to trust God’s plan. For some reason, He wanted that elevator to get stuck. Whether I was late or on time didn’t matter because God knew what He was doing. Instead of worrying, I simply smiled and waited with a supernatural calm that can only come from knowing Jesus. I wasn’t alone. I had the God of the Universe on my side, waiting in that elevator with me. Fifteen minutes later, I watched as crowbar forced the elevator door opened. Never did I lose my cool, and I made it to the competition right on time.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41.10 NIV).
God, I know that I will be in situations that are tense and frustrating, and I want there to be a marked difference in my reaction. I want to have a peace that is supernaturally imparted to me by You. Help me to be a light in the darkness. Teach me how to react to difficult circumstances with love and not fear. I trust that You are always with me everywhere that I go. I don’t have to be afraid because nothing surprises You. I hope that the next time I’m in a tense situation that I react according to Your will and not the way of the world. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- How did you react in a current stressful situation?
- Can you remind yourself that God is always with you?
- Was there a tense time that you reacted in fear instead of faith?
Do not fear for God is with you!