THE TAPE MEASURE
We moved from one house to another and in the process I lost my brand new, 25 foot, Stanley tape measure. The new house was a fixer-upper. I really needed that tape! I looked high and low to find it, praying all along, “Lord, help me find my tape measure!”
I worked with a flimsy 10 foot measure, and kept praying.
After several weeks of looking, and praying, I dreamed I found the tape measure. I went to my office the next morning and there, in the middle of the desk, it sat! My secretary had no idea how it got there.
When I was a junior in High School my parents bought me some wire rim prescription sunglasses. I used them about 25 years, and then lost them! I interrogated every family member. I looked everywhere, many times. You never know – the seventh time you look in the glove box, they might be there. I prayed many times over several weeks for their recovery.
One Sunday morning I was about to leave for church. I thought, “I’m going to jump into the car and drive straight into the rising sun without my glasses.”
I got down on my knees by my bed and prayed, again, “Lord, you know how I need those glasses. I’ve had them a long time. They’re valuable to me. They help me see. Please restore my glasses to me!”
I went out the car and opened the door. There on the seat in plain sight were the sunglasses! I ran back into the house and asked my wife, “Pam, did you find my sunglasses?” She replied, “No, but last night I dreamed you found them.” No one in the family knew how they got there.
I lost my wallet. Searching pockets in the closet, cleaning out the car, and even calling the business where I last remember having it, brought no results. I canceled the cards, ordered a new driver’s license, and prayed often.
A couple weeks after the loss I was getting up from bed and sensed that something fell right beside my foot. I bent down and picked up my wallet! Where it fell from, I have no idea.
In each story we are unaware of any human element in bringing back the lost item. I seriously believe the angels of God were at work! The three recovered items in my stories are parables.
The Lord would restore:
Proportion and proper fit
Ability to see dazzling things
Identity and wealth
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
Steven C Johnson