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Unexpected Thanks

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

By Alex Burris

It seems like I am always losing things in my life. I think we can all relate to that. I am

constantly losing shoes, my favorite shirt, socks, the remote to the TV, important papers, etc. Thelist goes on and on. It seems like I am losing these items when I need them the most. Most of the time the items that are lost, I can continue my day without, but on occasion, I am losing those more important items (keys, phone, etc.) and I cannot leave the house without them. Usually, I chalk this up to being unorganized, but sometimes I find the Lord has hidden messages in these situations.

I am currently a graduate student at Abilene Christian University - Dallas studying

speech-language pathology. At the beginning of my time there, I was given a name and entry badge for entry to the building. I cannot leave home without them for obvious reasons. One morning, I was about to leave my apartment when I realized that I didn’t have any of my badges with me. Fortunately, I had extra time that morning to try and find it. As you can imagine, I started looking everywhere. I looked through all of my bags, my car, my whole apartment and still nothing. As time went by (30 minutes to be exact), I started getting more and more frustrated. Eventually, my roommate started helping me look. She started looking in all the same places that I had already looked, again, with no luck in finding the badges.

With four minutes before needing to leave, I decided to stop, sit down, and say a prayer to the Lord. I said, “God, You know where this badge is. Please open my eyes, and help me find it.” After praying, I got up and started preparing my things to walk out the door. When I went to close my purse, I saw the corner of my badge sticking up in the corner, where I had looked 100 times before. I found it! As frustrating as it can be to lose something (big or small), in those moments, it is most important to slow down and thank the Lord for everything that he has done for us. At that moment, when I found that important something that was lost, I stopped and told the Lord thank you, even though it was the littlest thing. In this season, where the world seems to be moving so fast, I challenge you to stop and thank the Lord. Thank him for everything, from the air in your lungs, to the birds in the sky. For the Lord said, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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