“In many ways my life has been rather like a record of the lost and found. Perhaps all lives are like that.” Lucy Foley
Living alone for a much greater part of my life this past 18 months, I have spent a longer time each day in prayer, usually beginning at 5.30am until I have breakfast about 7.00-7.30am. To be able to read, pray and worship, in perfect freedom, has made life in Frome a great blessing. I enjoy a growing awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit as a person, a constant support and guide – an awareness on a different level than ever before. He really is the Holy Spirit of the Trinity! So, when I lost a little gold earring about three weeks ago, I immediately called for help to find it, not at all for its value but because my husband gave them to me years ago.
Once I lost a gold bracelet on one of my many dog walks in a local forest but, with the help of God, quickly found it again. This time it was different. More conscious of the Holy Spirit’s presence, I knew He would know where I had lost the earring and that he could show/reveal it to me. However, as I had taken a long walk, I knew there was no hope of retracing my steps ……
A week later, I went on a short stroll across just the top of the field I had wondered along before, following the hedge, and even then I still felt this consciousness of His knowing where the earring was hiding. As I approached the gate to leave the field, I looked down at the rough ground ……. and there I saw it!! It was lying not shiny side up but backside up amidst the grass and the mud. Oh, what a joy!! Not simply the joy of recovering the earring but the confirming of the presence and provision of the Holy Spirit. Praise Him indeed!
The words of Luke 15:8-10 sum up my feelings: Jesus said, “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me, I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The joy that filled my heart that day as I picked up the earring reminded me of the joy the angels must have shared when I gave my life to Christ!
‘I once was lost but now am found; was blind but now I see.’ Words from the hymn ‘Amazing grace’.