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When God Seems Absent or Missing: The Parable of the Car Keys


Once in awhile I like to watch The Ellen Degeneres Show. It always surprises me when it’s  a rerun, which I wouldn’t know except for the fact that she’s talking about Halloween and it’s March. Anyway, as I sat with the Lord today waiting for Him to give me an idea for a post, He reminded me of Ellen, and gave me peace to pull an old one out from my archives.

It’s a rerun, but maybe somebody could use this today. If you’ve been following me for a long time, see if you remember this one. Thanks for being here today. Again.



Frantic steps rushed up and down the stairs, through the hallway, into another room.

Like a mime on a busy street corner, no words were needed to tell the story unraveling. My daughter was late, and her car keys were playing hide-n-seek. Suddenly the entire household spun into action—the treasure hunt was on. After tense minutes of searching, her keys were found under clothes strewn on the floor. I bit my lip. There was no time or need to scold. She is twenty-two.

A half-hour later children and husband were gone and my house stood quiet. No more frantic searches. No more checks to write or lunches to make—time for my Bible, coffee, Jesus, and me. Like an old friend, my Bible opened up to a verse that jumped from the page into my spirit. He always knows just what to say:

‘…You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13, 14).

The events of the morning flashed through my mind. They became a parable as the Spirit whispered this thought…. “What if people searched for God with such intensity and desperation as they do for lost car keys?”

Some days we search frantically for non-tangibles: peace, healing, love.

We look to the world to give us these things. We believe all will be perfect if we pay off debts or get the job of our dreams—or the man of our dreams. But often when our desire is fulfilled we find that we’re still in need of something. Our heart is still empty.

This is a good thing. The truth is, we wouldn’t go searching for Jesus if the things of this world satisfied. And best of all, God promises that He will be found when we’re searching with our entire heart.

God never hides like my daughter’s keys. Never. But sometimes He seems absent or missing. I’m starting to understand that when I can’t find God, it’s because other things are in the way. It’s like searching for the ketchup bottle in the refrigerator. It’s right there under my nose, but the leftovers, jelly, and mustard cover it up.

when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.

 I want more and more of Jesus every day. I’m desperate for His Presence. I must set all my worries, obsessions, and dreams aside because they simply get in the way. Sometimes I have to lay aside even my prayer requests and ask myself, “Which am I seeking more—Him or the answers?”

…when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.

 Oh, I need Him. What about you? What are you searching for? Nothing will satisfy but the Presence of Jesus.

With purpose beyond today. pointing us to Him,






  1. sondradron

    I identify with the frantic searches. Thanks for the challenging word to search frantically for God.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sondra, and commenting. Blessings!

  2. debbie hufham

    Nice! God is always there,but we miss his presence when we are covered up in worry,stress,and concussion. I have to rest in him and trust he will help me leave those thoughts by studying his words .

    1. Amen Debbie. His Word leads us to Him.

  3. I didn’t know you then, Andy, but your parable of the lost keys spoke to me today. Drag out some more from your archives. God bless!

    1. Thank you Ann! Love to know when words speak to friends. And to know I’m hearing Him. Blessings.

  4. Patricia Keough-Wilson

    I have been praying over a list of deep wounds and hard circumstances in the lives of adult children and grandchildren for over 18 months. In my honest moments I know I just want relief for me. If God would just fix things the way I want, my life and theirs would be so much easier. I need reminders like this verse and this devotion to seek God with all my heart and not my desired answers.

    1. Love you Patricia. God hears your prayers.

  5. Mary Ann Metz

    Thank you for the “re-run”. It spoke directly to my spirit today!

    1. Yay! Thanks for letting me know!

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