I love hearing testimonies of God returning things that have been stolen or lost and I’ve heard some great ones over the years. I even have one myself.
In 1989 I went to Germany with my Dad. One of the main attractions (besides castles) for us was the food, of course. After a week of eating in restaurants from one end of Germany to the other all the salt (not to mention calories!) had my hands swollen and one day near the end of the trip, while in the car I pried my garnet ring off because it was cutting off my circulation to that finger dropping it into a pocket it my purse. When I went to get it back out it was absolutely nowhere to be found. We did a thorough search of the rented car, my purse, my clothes, everywhere, and I came home without it. This was particularly upsetting because it was a very precious ring to me. My husband had really sacrificed to buy it as a Christmas gift in the early years of our marriage and I was devastated. I prayed and prayed but didn’t find it.
Now for the cool part. I had been home for about 2 weeks. I had again searched every inch of the suitcase and clothes while unpacking and found no ring. Then one day I was getting something out of my jewelry box and in the very back corner of one of the drawers my eye landed on my beautiful ring! God got it back to me! Angels? I have no idea, but there it was and it definitely was a God thing.
My daughter on the west coast just had the same thing happen to her. Her grandmother’s emerald ring had disappeared and she looked everywhere, so upset about not being able to find it. She even checked the same places over and over and found nothing. Then one day last week there it was, front and center in her jewelry box, right there in plain sight! Did she just overlook it the dozens of times she’d been right there looking as well as getting other jewelry out each day to wear? Unlikely. But whatever happened, it’s back in her hands again!
I’ve heard dozens of the same kind of story and so when things get lost I absolutely know God can return them. Nothing is impossible with Him. I’m still expecting to see my mom’s lost wedding ring turn up. I just know it will.
Starting with my first grandchild, I have made what our family calls Nana Blankets for our grandchildren as each has been born. Months of work and prayer for this child have gone into each one and they are treasured and protected and loved. Unfortunately 3 of them got lost (and one of them got loved to death and completely worn thin) so I had to start remaking a few. I used fabric from the original quilts I still had around, made them larger and a more appropriate design for older kids and while they are loved and appreciated the lost original ones still felt like a pretty big loss.
Well, this week after 10 years, my grandson Gabriel’s turned up!! It had apparently been moved to California and back with his dad, who had unpacked all boxes out there years ago and swore they didn’t have it and then moving back to Georgia, unpacked again without finding it, then as they were moving into a new house a couple of weeks ago and unpacking, lo and behold, there it was! I could do a dance for joy! So happy to have that back! Now my faith is even stronger for the 2 still missing.
In another of my children’s household, my 2 grandsons had each lost their DS electronic games. After months of looking Landon’s was found in a box a couple of weeks ago that had been searched many times, then the other was found this week, again in a place that would have been easily found many times. Understanding how God was so able to return things, Landon finally prayed after an hour of searching for his lost glasses one day. Shortly after praying they were on the kitchen table in plain sight where he had looked several times since it was the obvious place. I think it is so awesome that when his brother Lawson lost one of his birthday present toys after that the first thing Landon did was sit down on the couch and say, “Jesus, tell me where that Skylander is” and then start to listen very carefully for the answer going from one place to another asking, “here?” and looking around. He knew who to ask and, yep, he found it. I love that!
I hope I’m not wearing you out with all these testimonies of finding things that have been lost but they just keep happening to us one after the other, so hang with me for just a couple more!
The same daughter that found her ring, lost her iPhone last week. She had just been telling me about finding the ring so we when she was lamenting about having her phone stolen we agreed that God could bring it back. The odds were clearly against it in the natural. She had left it in the bathroom at the train station and had tracked it online to an apartment complex near the station before the battery died or it got turned off and quit showing up. I also had my grandsons who had found their DS’s, along with their mom, pray and agree with us that God would return it. Yesterday I was elated but not surprised when my thrilled daughter told me that someone from the train station had called her husband and told him they had her phone!
Just one more. I promise. Recently found an iron dutch oven in our garage that we had apparently gotten from my husband’s mother years ago and was very excited. I hadn’t used iron cookware in years but really wanted to start again after seeing how to season them online. I cleaned it all up and man was it beautiful. I loved cooking in it so much that I dug around hoping we had also gotten a skillet. I didn’t find one and my husband confirmed that we hadn’t. Then last week I was coming in out of the garage and there was a 12″ iron skillet propped up on the step. I thought, Cool! He found one out here. My hands were full at the time so I went in without it and forgot all about it being there until Saturday morning when I started breakfast. My husband said, “too bad we don’t have an iron skillet.” I answered that we could clean up the one in the garage and he asked which one? He hadn’t seen one. We went out and there it was, right there, leaning up against the step. He was shocked. He had not put it there and did not recall ever seeing it before! He had even been trying to figure out how to find one at a garage sale or something. Wow is that thing pretty now, all cleaned up and seasoned. Lovin’ it.
And speaking of God just doing cool stuff, (I’m not breaking my promise about that being the last one… this isn’t a finding something testimony … it’s a different kind showing that God rocks, so just one more minute) ..my grandson wanted to go to a concert for his birthday but tickets are very expensive and there was no way it was in my daughter’s budget. (The same daughter whose son got his Nana Blanket back.) Then last week she was listening to the radio and they were giving away tickets. She called in won 2 tickets! She and her son had a great time enjoying a concert with tickets provided by a Father who cares about every little thing in our lives.
My husband and I have found ridiculously good deals on some things that we’ve needed lately, grass fed beef, a freezer to keep it in, firewood, etc., and I’m so aware that there is incredible favor all over the place in our family these days. It’s crazy good and I want to send some of it your way. There is grace on these testimonies for you too since God is no respecter of persons and loves us all the same, so I just want to bless you today with finding things that have been lost, tons of favor finding great deals, and even free gifts of things you desire. We’re loved more than we can imagine by a Father who absolutely loves to give his children good gifts.