Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin?’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
A few days ago I discovered that my wallet was not in my purse where I always keep it. After a quick search of my house I still could not find it. By this time, worry had begun to take possession of me. So I began doing a very thorough search and even began to talk to Jesus about it. I remember saying: “Lord, You know exactly where that wallet is. Please let me know.” I searched some more and called a friend to help me pray about it. We each prayed about it over the phone. That was on Monday that I had discovered it missing. After thinking about where I had recently been, I called a couple of grocery stores; after they checked they said:”Sorry, it’s not here.” Then I decided: Well since my driver’s license or credit card was not in it, I hoped that the $84 that I knew was in it, would go to someone that needed it more than I.”
Then Tuesday came and I was getting the trash out as it was pickup day. As I was getting the paper trash out, a cash receipt for $2.00 came flying out of the trash. I remembered stopping at the office supply store where my friend had taken us after spending time listening to our four 3rd graders read on the prior Wednesday. She needed some ink cartridges and as I was standing in line with her to be checked out, I saw some yogurt covered raisins for $2.00. So, I purchased them.
When that receipt appeared, I immediately called that store about my lost wallet. The one who answered the phone put me on hold to go check their safe. I waited and waited and he finally came back to say :”I’m sorry but I can’t get into the safe yet. Just give me your phone number and I’ll call you back later.”
The ladies of our Bible study that meets at my house joined me in prayer about the lost wallet. The meeting was over and I still hadn’t received a call from the store. After the ladies went home, I decided to call the store again. The same fellow who had answered before put me on hold again; this time coming back soon and said “Your wallet is here!” I said “Hallelujah – I’ll be down to get it this afternoon.” I didn’t wait but went right away rejoicing all the way!
When I got there I told the staff how I discovered where my wallet was. (I don’t think they were quite as excited as I was.) I had several cards with my name on them but no phone number or address. When I left the store and got to my car, I looked to see if the $84 was there. There was only $82 and then I remembered “Oh yes, I paid $2 for the raisins.”
Key verse: Psalm 32:10b – “The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.