I was leaving Bible study at the juvenile facility at 9 PM when I discovered my purse was missing. The last time I remembered seeing it was nearly three hours earlier—in my shopping cart as I emptied items into the trunk of my car. It’s strange…I distinctly remember glancing at the cart before I left it, to make sure it was empty. Perhaps it was because of the purse’s neutral color, that I didn’t see it.
Truthfully I was frantic, imagining all the possibilities ahead, including credit card and identity theft.
I began driving back to the shopping center. Perhaps someone had turned it in. As I drove I found myself praising God that He is in control. “Thank You Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that You know where it is. I am trusting You to use this situation for Your glory and for Your purpose. Thank You, Lord, that I can trust You and praise You no matter what.” Yes, I was actually thanking God!
Meanwhile, a lady had spotted my purse in the shopping cart, found my cell, found my “home” number and called my husband to report she had it.
Bless her heart—she is my new best friend! When I went to retrieve it, I gave her a little reward and also a copy of my CD, explaining that it’s Christian music. She said, “Oh wonderful! I’m a Christian too!” Somehow I knew she was.
We’re going to lunch next week! I do not believe this experience was a coincidence. No. It was a miracle—and a divine appointment.
ON THE OTHER HAND…WHAT IF my purse had disappeared, never to be found again? It would have been a huge inconvenience! However, I believe (and I hope) I would again have said, “Thank You Father God, in the name of the Lord Jesus. You are in control and I am trusting You.”
- Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:23-25
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – by Kathleen
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