Have you ever lost a valuable item? What a sinking feeling! Especially when it’s MIA for a long period of time! I had been in search of a “treasure” for nearly three weeks, having prayed DOZENS of times that it would surface — to no avail!
I didn’t relish the thought of the small fortune it would cost me to replace it.
I don’t happen to have a small fortune lying around waiting to be spent!
Desperate to find it, I had stooped to the ultimate low by digging through stinky, smelly, slimy garbage cans! I had looked in every possible crack and crevice of the house.
I don’t know why God doesn’t always answer the fervent prayers of an absent-minded, gray-haired woman!
Because it was “time sensitive,” I knew I would have to replace it if I hadn’t found it by “x” date. The day arrived. It was now necessary to take steps to replace it.
With much chagrin, I readied myself to head to town. I had prayed a few days prior, asking the Lord to, in His mercy, help me find it before I spent the money.
Because don’t we ALWAYS find things after we have spent the money on a new one???
No response. Nothing. Chilling silence!
Disgruntled and cringing over the anticipated expense, and chiding myself for being so careless, I sat down in the living room to put on my shoes before heading out the door to make the dreaded purchase, setting my glass of water on the doily-covered coffee table in front of me.
It ROCKED unsteadily!
Something was beneath it!
I moved the glass to investigate.
You guessed it! My valued item had been there the whole time, camouflaged by the intricate designs of the doily! I must have passed that spot a hundred times in my frantic search over the previous few weeks!
Sometimes God waits until the midnight hour before He chooses to act, and I believe that’s what He wanted to teach me.
His ways are surely not our ways, are they!
Don’t you just love the way God speaks to our hearts through real-life situations — everyday circumstances that are analogous to deeper spiritual truths???
… and so I wait in glad expectation for other “unanswered” prayers that sit on my plate of petitions.
Be still, my heart, and rest … for He is never late!