I just heard this story this morning about a woman who, having returned home, came face-to-face with a burglar.
”Get in the Closet!”
He demanded. But she intuitively went to her knees and began to pray. Oh, not for herself or the situation, but for the burglar. Taken aback by the event, the burglar responded by yelling to his accomplice outside, “Bring the stuff back in—this lady is a Christian.” He then emptied the bullets from his gun, handed them to her, and left her house never to be seen by her again..
What would I have done?
In an emergency, this woman went directly into automatic pilot. My initial response was, “Gee, I wish I could snap into auto-pilot that quickly in a crisis.” But the miserable truth is that we ‘all’ go into auto-pilot when disaster comes upon us suddenly, except not all our automatic responses are the same. In an emergency, God reveals the exact coordinates of our personal auto-pilots; He reveals our heart. When tragedy strikes, what pours out of our hearts is what we have habitually poured into them.
This is just one more reason why we need to be in God’s Word, the Bible. We see and learn by Paul’s example: when he asked for prayer, it wasn’t that he be released ‘from’ prison, but that he would be used in a mighty way by Jesus ‘in’ prison. That is what is meant by ‘walking in wisdom’ and ‘redeeming the time.’ The woman in the story clearly walked and redeemed wisely, and I suspect she was well prepared for the occasion by being in the word, in prayer, in fellowship, and in relationship with her Lord, asking Him repeatedly to reveal to her (her) heart.
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5