Last night, my husband and I were dropping off our son at my sister Shana’s house. Our daughter was already there and all were excited for the drive-in and sleepover. Keith and I were excited for date night and shopping for Austin’s 13th birthday.
In the car on the way over, Keith handed Austin two ten dollar bills…one for him and one for his sister, Emeria. We arrived and visited for a few minutes; Keith made sure Austin still had the money…nope…gone!
We looked in pockets, pouches, and places…the car, the ground, the bag…nowhere…nothing!!! We looked all across the street, under the car, and even in the trash! We folded the seats down, pulled up the rugs, and shook out all the clothing in the car. Nada!
The story of the widow and her lost coin came to mind. “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?” Luke 15: 8
We meticulously looked for those two ten dollar bills. We were baffled! We actually contemplated spontaneous combustion, because they were gone! What is it about lost things that makes us go crazy???
As tensions were building, I had an amazing thought! Let’s pray!!! Why didn’t we do this first??? Why is Jesus so often my last resort? I know I am not alone here…how many conflicts could be avoided if we went to Him first?
The whole time we were looking, our heads were down…looking at the ground, the seats, the floor, etc. After praying, Keith walked around the side of the car and looked up at the ceiling. There they were…tucked into the handle. How profound…look up! Pray and look up and wait expectantly for an answer! Thank you Jesus for this small, but powerful lesson!
And you bet I was just like that widow…”And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’” Luke 15: 9
So thank you Jesus for being in the midst of our mundane everyday activities…that You care even for twenty dollars…You are always present and so very near to us!
How has Jesus answered your everyday need? I would love to hear your answered prayer stories!!!