Last night, at about 10pm, my friend Lori came over to get a table for scrapbooking. I opened the garage and had my phone with me- just in case she was lost, she could call me. She pulled up. I set my phone on my bumper and helped her put the table in her truck. I then went on to close the garage and went to bed. The next morning I had to work at the Rec. Center. As always, I was in a hurry, jumped in my car and sped off to work promptly at 8am. As I pulled up into the parking lot, I felt like I was missing something. And then my mind began to race. Oh no, tell me I didn’t leave my Iphone on my bumper last night. Surely not! Not my brand new, only 1 1/2 months old, overpriced, hot pink cover Iphone?! Tell me this wasn’t happening! But it was happening. Could it be smashed on the side of the road somewhere? Or worse yet, what if some not-so-nice person has found it and proceeds to change the code on it and it ends up on Ebay somewhere?!
If only I could go home and search the streets that I have traveled on- but I can’t. I need to open up the childcare for the Rec. Center. Oh dear. What to do, what to do? In my heart I was praying to Jesus- “Please send me an angel, let some nice person find it and figure out a way to return it”. The second I walked in, I began making phone calls (from the work phone..of course!). First, I tried my husband about a zillion times. Unfortunately, we don’t have a home phone and his phone was off and being charged downstairs..as he slept. Ugg! I tried calling information to look up my neighbors numbers to see if they could comb the streets for me, but with no luck. I then tried all of my coworkers who I knew lived in our neighborhood. My friend Keira finally answered. “Keira, this is Celeste. My Iphone is somewhere between my house and the Rec center. Can you look for it for me please?!!” She could hear the panic and despair in my voice. “Sure”, she said. So I waited. With every ring my heart stopped. Was it my Iphone calling?! Could it be?
Nothing. Silence. “Lord” I prayed. “Why is this happening to me?” Has my Iphone become some sort of idol in my life? I mean- I like it. I really like it- a lot. Then, as time kept ticking, I had to surrender my Iphone in my heart. Okay- by now it’s either run over or stolen. I can just use one of our old phones and activate that. Yeah. That’s what I’ll do. Okay, I can check my emails at home like I use to. I’ll get use to it again. And just do my Facebook and Twitter from home. I can give up all my apps and the games on the phone that the kids like to play while we’re waiting in lines. I can do this.
Then I called my boss and proceeded to tell her about my emergency (Funny what we constitute as an ’emergency’). I explained my situation, and she told me I could leave around 9:30 when the next shift came in if I needed to.
Then after over an hour of pacing, frantic phone calls, feeling nauseous-all while trying to watch small children, my friend Keira finally called back. My heart stopped. Well, I said?! I could tell by her momentary silence that the phone was not found. “Sorry”, she said, “but no phone”.
When I was just about to give up, the phone rang. It was my husband. His voice was raspy and I could tell he just woke up. “Hey babe, Nicole has your phone”. Now Nicole is a friend who works at our church. He then proceeded to tell me how she got it.
Some guy almost ran it over on a street near the high school. He pulled over, picked it up and then dialed the last number that called my phone. It was Nicole. He then told her he found the phone in the road and was trying to figure out who it belonged to. She said, “oh, this is my friend Celeste’s phone!” He said he was on his way to work and asked if she lived in the Meadows. She did, so he got her address and went to deliver the phone. He went to her house and she recognized him- he use to work at our church! Wow, it was an angel!
I knew the Lord was watching out for me that day. As He does each day. I’m not sure why I’m always so surprised when the Lord comes through. I know there are times when the lord tests our heart (motives). But there are also times when he just wants us to trust Him. I was reminded of this scripture: Because He cares so deeply for us, we can cast our anxiety upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). Yes, I was anxious! And sometimes you might wonder if your requests are too petty to concern the Lord. I mean, surely He has much more important things to do than take care of my Iphone, right? God cares about YOU! He cares about the day to day things that happen in your life and wants you to trust Him and pray about EVERYTHING!
Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version)
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.