A Lesson in Trust
An elderly friend needed a ride to the grocery store. When we entered
the front door of the store, I placed my purse in the child rack of
cart. I went one way and he another. We finished shopping at the same
time and walked our carts out together. I pulled out my car key from
the side pocket of my purse and opened the trunk, deposited my two
bags, and moved the cart to the return area next to my car. I turned
my head and noticed my friend’s empty cart, and trying to help, I
pushed his cart into the one I had used and got into the car.
As we left the parking lot, he mentioned he needed a pair of shoes. I
drove down the road to a shoe store and he made a purchase. We then
headed back towards his place. After he gathered all his items, I
discovered I did not have my purse. I got out of the car, looked in
the trunk and the front and back seats, and panic started to rise
within me. I prayed, “Lord, help me find my purse.”
I thought about the credit cards, driver’s license, cell phone, even
my library card, keys for the house, mail box and shop. The only key
in my hand was attached to the electronic device for my car. Then the
Lord spoke to my heart to trust in Him.
I hurried into the house to phone the store clerk. I told the lady,
think I left my purse in the shopping cart.” She asked me what color?
I responded, “White.” She asked my name and looked into the wallet
said, “Yes, we have your purse.” I jumped into the car and headed for
the store. Soon, thoughts of theft came to mind, but just as quickly
the word “trust.” Each time fearful thoughts came, the Lord gently
spoke words to calm me.
This was no surprise to God. Even if my identity was stolen and the
credit cards used to the max, I can still trust the Lord to bring me
through whatever evil may come my way. He never said our lives would
be easy. In fact he said, “I have told you these things, so that in
you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take
heart!” John 16:33. “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews
13:5. “Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” 1 Peter
Buy the time I got to the store I was concerned, yet calm. I even
stopped to talk with a lady from our church as I entered the door.
The lady at the desk smiled and handed me my purse. With a thankful
heart I looked in every fold and nothing was missing. I praise God
the outcome and testify that he is trustworthy all the time, not just
when life is running smooth. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge
him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6