Lost & Found…


Prayer group had ended and we were chatting happily afterwards when our conversations were interrupted by these panicky words “Hey, I can’t find my keys!”  This gal knew that she had them for she had driven herself from home to the church.  She remembered aiming her lock remote toward her van before opening the church door and walking up the stairs to the place we pray.  She looked all through her purse and pockets.  No keys.  She then dumped her purse completely.  I attempted to search for them by re-walking her pathway to her car.  I then went to see if maybe the bookkeeper at church had come in early and possibly picked them up and took them to the church office.  Nope.  No keys.  Nowhere.

Now I understand lost keys so I wanted to stay until my friend found hers.  I checked her already empty purse as I simultaneously eyed her pockets – just to make sure – though I understood that she had checked and double-checked.  I looked under chairs in our prayer room.  No keys.  Then I made one last effort…I got down on my knees and looked under the chair where she had been sitting…there were the keys strung over a rung on the chair that was high enough it could not be seen except by getting low.  The keys had slipped through the back of the chair to the first rung on the chair.

Every single time I lose something (and it has been reported that we spend one year of our life looking for ‘lost’ items) I do two things.  I pray.  I backtrack.  The prayer very typically goes something like this:   “GOD, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHERE THE LOST ITEM IS AND WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME FIND IT!”  I then backtrack – literally and sometimes just in my head- until God reveals the hidden item.  When I bow down before Him, He bends down to help me.

“If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was LOST in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go search for the lost one until you found it?  And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders.”  And then Jesus says we would throw a party!  (Luke 15:3-6)

Who hasn’t lost something or been lost?  God is the God of the ‘Lost and Found’.  So if you are lost in this life or if you have lost something, there is no better FINDER than Jesus.


Phyllis Dickinson

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