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From Lost to Found

keysIn the rush of moving in those final hours, we had lost them.

I knew they were in a small basket we had kept by the door to the garage in our previous house–I had put them in there; but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

A little over a year ago, we had bought an older Ford Expedition but within four months or so of having it, the engine completely gave out. Not having the funds to repair it, it just sat untouched at our old house. Scrapping it would gain us next to nothing so we held on to it.

As moving day approached we started asking people if they knew anyone who might want a vehicle to repair or use for parts; and we started hearing from people they were interested! Only one problem, both keys were in that small basket and we couldn’t find it anywhere.

I searched through box after box. My wife searched. I told my children I would give them $5 if they found those keys. We searched, but turned up nothing.

Then as my wife and daughter were in a storage area, Andrea was looking for something else in a suitcase we had thrown things in at the last minute. Side note: isn’t it crazy that no matter how much you plan and work, you’re still throwing things into something else at the last minute! Anyway…

As she unzipped this particular suitcase, she found the basket… and the keys!

I realize that may not seem like a big deal, but you probably have experienced something similar where you’ve searched and finally found that thing. It feels like you won the lottery!

And it reminds me of Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:8-10.

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

One person in a sea of hopelessness and human despair–every single one who is rescued starts a chain reaction of praise and celebration in heaven! Our God cares about the most “insignificant” person and He concerns Himself with everything that concerns you (even some lost keys).

I’d like to encourage you today that if He would not relent until He found you, He surely wants to give you a good testimony in this day. I am believing for miracles in your life today in Jesus’ name!

How about you? Have you ever lost something and got really excited to find it? What are you thankful for this week?

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  1. Those times are so frustrating which turns to complete glee when we find them. Thanks for the reminder that every day and breath should be spent in thankfulness to our Father who has delivered us. May we pass on what we’ve received for free.

    Funny my post this week is exactly about losing something. In my case I used the example of a gun that had been stolen and after two decades later returned. No such thing as coincidences, huh?
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    • Went and read your story--so cool! And a great reminder. Thanks so much, my friend.

  2. Just recently, I thought I’d lost a small notebook in which there was much info I needed -- looked all over the house and was so relieved to find it in a study area. Whew!
    And I’m reminded that I once was lost but now I’m found.
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • There’s so much joy in the finding! What a blessing to be found and to partner with our Father to find what’s lost. Blessings to you, Martha! Thank you.

  3. I completely freaked out whenever I misplaced my car keys. Thankfully after time I disciplined myself by putting them, and my wallet on a small table next to my bedroom door.
    Now my cel phone….that’s a story in itself…
    This week I’m just thankful for His peace!!!
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    • Ha! Yes, peace is awesome! 🙂 Thank you, Ed. Blessings to you!

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