Monday, January 23, 2012
Today I had an answer to prayer that really reminded me that God Does care and watches over us. Let me relate the story to you.
Last week, Friday, I took a walk to make a delivery. I thought I could get a little extra walking in since I had been lax this past month due to being out of town. I had a house key on a chain that I placed around my neck in case my husband decided to take off while I was out. I didn't want to be locked out in the cold. Out onto the snow covered sidewalks I headed being careful where I placed my feet not wanting to take a fall. I kept up a pretty good pace and enjoyed the fresh air. It wasn't long before I reached my destination several blocks away, made the delivery, and started my return trip. All in all, it took about 30 minutes.
The next day my husband asked where the Key on the chain was...I had actually given it to him because he had recently locked himself out 2xs. Well, I couldn't find it. I was sure it must be in the house somewhere. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I really was concerned and kept looking...every pocket, drawer, table, hook...I looked everywhere. Today I decided I had better retrace my steps. I was concerned mostly because of safety. There have been more break-ins in town and I was alone most nights (with a gun and a dog just in case someone has ideas). We had just put in new doors and locks and I really hated to change the locks again. So on my way to the gym (I walk there) I figured it would add some extra distance and I could use that to up my exercise time and also look for the key.
Well, I didn't find it on my walk there and perhaps I'm a bit OC (obsesive compulsive) about this, but I reversed my walk to return home. When I got on the street I said a prayer. "Lord, if I dropped the key on this street, please show me a sign." I don't think I took 10 steps when I looked down and there was the chain. Sure it was a simple ball chain (the kind dog tags are on), but the one that was lost was actually made with 2 connectors. This was the chain! I figured that the key would be fairly close in either direction. I kept looking intently, but it wasn't to be found. I walked on home feeling hopeful, but still disappointed.
I've been doing my workouts in 2 parts so I decided to take my walk again this afternoon and this time I looked more intently in the other direction. Still no key. I did the workout and walked home the same way. This time I walked slowly and looked further out into the yards, after all it had been snowing and people did shovel. I got to the place where I had found the chain and started to pray. "Lord, I know you care. I know you know my concerns about this key being lost. I know you have helped me find keys, rings, toys, and coins that have been lost in the snow or on my walks before, I know you are the one that can direct me to that dumb key!" I started to walk again, and not 3 steps later a man came out of his driveway 2 doors away and asked if I was looking for something. I told him I was...A Key. He asked it had a blue ring around it and though I had forgotten it had I said "Yes." He said that he had found it while shoveling snow and walked up to a nearby telephone pole and picked my Key off of it and handed it to me. I told him it was a real answer to prayer that he had found it and had come home at that time.
God does care about us and sometimes He doesn't wait long to show us that He is very near...near enough to direct our steps, hear our pleadings, and answer our prayers.