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I went looking for my socks and found the brush I couldn’t find yesterday

Later I went looking for a pen and found Tuesday’s misplaced Tide Stick.

A few days ago, while ferreting out a bill to pay,  – and I found a picture I spent hours looking for before our move instead.

The search for a paring knife gave me 2 soccer referring whistles I haven’t been able to find for a year.

Today, I found my mini Cadbury Eggs – out of sheer ornery perseverance – after a week of looking indirectly.

When I cannot find my car keys, I pray, “Dear God, open my eyes to where my keys are. You know where they are” – and then I find them, or one of the boys sighs in exasperation, “Here they are.”

When I cannot find my eye-glasses, they snicker, ‘Have you looked on your head” – sadly, more often than not, that is where they are. Another eye-glass search resulting in humility found.

When my boys misplace their values, I find God in a heart beat.

And when I go looking for God, I find peace, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – and love.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely” (Galatians 5:22-23, The Message)

That I often find myself looking for things has nothing to do with The Big Move and the emptying of boxes and resorting of living. I have often said that He Who was Thrown Out of  Heaven torments me this way. He thinks I am a lady bug to his spidery tricks – Helpless I might be by myself – but I got people – I got God – who squashes him to save me in my weak moments, like when I cannot find anything but Him.

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