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Topic: Passport (07/25/05)
TITLE: Lost Passport
By Nell Berry
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She wondered where she could have lost it. She retraced her steps to her recent trips to the food center, to home, to work, to church, etc. Nothing she could think of would give her a clue as to where she possibly could have lost her passport.
Cheryl could not find it. Her efforts so far had netted nothing. Maybe she should just try to forget it and put it out of her mind temporarily. She had been advised on other lost objects to do that and after a period of time had actually found the item, exactly where she left it.
But this was different. Cheryl was so concerned that she would not find it in time for her trip to Australia. She had already got her flight number and date to leave scheduled at work and with her friends and family. But if she couldn’t find her passport, she would have to cancel all the arrangements.
Driving home from work that day, Cheryl tried to do as she had been advised and put it out of her mind. She turned on the radio and tried to listen to the music; no such luck. Her mind kept going over and over on the places she had been. She remembered she had gone out to lunch with one of her friends one day. Could she have dropped it out of her bag in the restaurant? That was a possibility. Then why had no one called her to tell her it had been found? No, she decided that was not a reasonable answer to the problem. But just in case she stopped by the restaurant on her way home.
Driving into the parking lot of the restaurant, Cheryl was not too hopeful; parking her car, she got out and went in and asked for the manager. Telling him of her problem she could see the look of consternation on his face as he went to see if it had been turned in. He came back with still a look of dismay and said “I’m sorry, miss. No one has turned in a passport that was lost,” he patted her on the shoulder and again, “I am sorry. I know this is quite an important item to lose; we will keep our eye out for it and give you a call if it is turned in. Do you want to give me your name and phone number, just in case?”
It was so disappointing, and yet she hadn’t really expected it to be there. So, it was not as earth shattering as it would have been had she been anticipating having it returned.
Cheryl drove into her driveway with somewhat of a hopeless attitude. However, she had one more place to look. But before she did that she had something to do. She got out of her car and went into the house and dropped her keys on the desk. Not stopping to look at the mail or check the phone calls, she immediately went into her bedroom and knelt down to pray.
“Dear Father in Heaven, I am leaving this in Your capable hands. If it is Your will for me to make this trip to Australia, I know You will make it possible.” She paused for a moment and continued, “I relinquish this to You; help me, Dear Lord, if it is Your will. In Jesus name, amen.
Cheryl got up off her knees and casually walked back into the living room. As she passed the desk where her car keys were she noticed an object on the floor underneath the desk partially hidden. She reached down and picked it up. Astonished, she opened her passport and again got down on her knees and began to praise the Lord for helping her find it.
Sometimes we overlook the most important action when trying to find something we have lost or trying to do something we find difficult; or trying to solve a problem in our marriage or in our private life. That important action we need to take is to fall down on our knees and thank God for our blessings; then we need to ask Him to show us the way. Praise the Lord!!!
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