Did you ever wonder why we pray when we loose something? We say a novena or a special prayer to Saint Anthony the patron saint of lost things.
Now, I never really prayed to anyone other than God. I guess I am more a go to the source kind of girl.
Over the years I have lost many things and every time I prayed that God would return them. The first expensive item I lost was 1 diamond earring. I was not sure where I lost it but it was either in the car or somewhere in my travels of that day.
I raced back trying to retrace all the places I went. I ripped apart my car believing that for sure I would find it. My son was in a car seat so I even checked there but no earring.
The funny thing is I always believed I would find it. It would be a year later that the question of where did I lose my earring would be answered. The timing was perfect I received a new earring as a gift from my husband for my birthday on August 16, my son pukes in his car seat sometime after and Hurricane Floyd hits New Jersey in September.
The fact that I had to wash the car seat covers and due to the hurricane the basement flooded God had orchestrated the perfect storm! We began cleaning up the water in the basement using mops, towels and a squeegee. While my husband was pushing the water towards the wall a wave pushed out my earring! It was hidden under my washing machine and if my son didn’t puke on his car seat and if my basement never flooded I would have never found it! God had always planned to help me find my earring.
God has also helped me to locate my diamond cross necklace. I loved my cross and I proudly allowed my 8 year old daughter to wear it on her communion day. She was so happy that she was trusted to wear my cross and she knew how I treasured it. After the church service we had all the relatives over for a big celebration. As the night approached we said the last of our good byes and began the task of cleaning up the party mess.
We were laughing and talking about the days festivities when instinctually I grabbed for my cross. I asked my daughter to return it to me and she told me she already did. I told her I don’t have it and she never gave it to me.
As terror appeared in her eyes she began crying “Mommy I put it on the table”! As I looked down at the now clean kitchen my eyes began scanning for my precious piece of jewelry. Minutes were ticking by while the frantic search ensued. Both my Dad and I began praying to God in a desperate plea for revelation of where the necklace was hiding.
Quietly I paced back in forth in my kitchen asking my heavenly Father for His devine intervention. When out of nowhere I have a vision of tin foil. I screamed “I saw tin foil, it’s in the garbage!”
My husband said “All the garbage was taken outside. We are going to have go through all of them”. I ran outside to find 8 bags of garbage lined up ready to be removed. Which one should I open? I grabbed the last one that was lined up.
I brought it inside and prayed as I opened it. A sense of peace washed over me as the disgusting task of unloading the garbage began. I peered into the mixture of food and debris searching for the tin foil I saw in my mind. I figured it was near it or by it so that’s what I was looking for.
I started to take out some of the garbage and lay it out on the kitchen table. My daughter was right beside me praying that my cross would be found. I saw a piece of tin foil and as I was pulling it out something caught my eye! The tin foil was wrapped like a Cuban cigar and dangling out of it was my necklace!
We all rejoiced and shouted Alleluia praise God!! Tears streamed down my daughters face as a sign of relief over took her. I hugged her and told her that God loves me! Do you think He would let me lose my necklace? She shook her head no and smiled.
I often remind myself all the times that God has been faithful to me. I never worry that God is too busy to help or He has more important things to do then help me. I know that God loves me and cares about me! It says in the bible “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9, 10 NKJV).
God wants us to ask Him for help, for guidance and for assistance. God has helped me find cell phone, money behind a glove box, a watch and many more things. I just know that if something is lost God will help me find it!! The more I trust God the more He shows me that I can trust Him!