The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?  9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

The lost coin was lost while going about doing her regular duties.  It was not lost because of negligence nor from carelessness.  It was lost in an effort to and a focus upon her responsibilities.  She was unaware that she had lost it in the course of doing her duties.  It also represented an important part of her means of completing her jobs.

Yesterday, I was helping my son prune his peach and cherry trees.  I was focused on both completing the project and teaching my son how to do it for himself.  After we finished the job and the cleanup, my wife and I were visiting some friends and I felt an itch on my ear.  When I reached up to scratch it I noticed that I was missing one of my hearing aids.  My first thought was where and how did I lose it?  As I began to mentally retrace my steps I noted the last time that I knew that I had it so that was a beginning point and I progressively moved forward.  I remembered loading some branches into the truck and noted that that was a possibility so I called my son and asked him to look in the truck.  He did not find it there.  At this point I got out my broom and began to sweep the situation – that is I asked the Lord to help me find my hearing aid.  As I considered that the Lord knew exactly where it was, I became totally dependent on Him to guide me to it.  When I came home it was late so I took care of my evening chores and went to bed.  When I got up this morning I felt I knew to best place to look and that was under the peach tree that we pruned the day before.  I went back to the rental and introduced myself and told the tenant what had happened and asked him if I could look in the back yard?  He was very gracious and even went out to help me look and I found the lost hearing aid right where I thought it must be.

The first thing I did was to thank the tenant for his help.  The second thing I did was to make two phone calls to report the good news.  One to my son and one to my wife and we all rejoiced together for finding my lost hearing aid.  As I was traveling home, I was reminded of the above scripture and how much we need the Lord to be involved in all of our lives.  We need Him to lead us through even the mundane events that are an important  part of who and what we are.

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