Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Do Not Worry

I want to share something that happened on Easter. I got a new dress and was looking for my gold necklace and tennis bracelet. I thought it would go perfectly with it. I don’t have a lot of jewelry, but what I have is very sentimental to me. I usually keep it hidden in a safe place. I had placed it in a new hiding place. Why? We were going to be gone for a week and just in case…well you understand right? It was such a good hiding place that I couldn’t remember where it was. I didn’t want to upset anyone, so I didn’t make a big deal of it. We had a good day and a wonderful meal together as a family.

Throughout the day, I kept thinking about the jewelry. After Tom went to sleep, I decided to look a bit more carefully. The more I looked, the more upset I became. I was really upset about not remembering. As some of you know my mom has Alzheimer’s. Memory deficit of any kind is very bothersome to me. I started to weep. Tom woke up, held me, and prayed for me. I was able to calm down enough to sleep.

I woke up the next day, still upset. I stood in the middle of my bedroom and asked God to help me remember. I went directly to where I hid it and there it was. I was so relieved that not only did I find it, but I remembered where it was.

Afterwards I sat down to pray. The scripture I turned to was Matthew 6:25 -

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”

I was so worried, but God had it in control. It may seem trivial to be so upset about misplacing jewelry, but truth be told, I was more upset about the forgetting part. God didn’t let me stew. I would have found it eventually. My piece of mind was at stake. I’m grateful that I have such a loving God, that I seek, asked and then found what I was looking for.

Thank you Father for showing me constantly how much the little things matter to You.

© Nadine Z. 2008

36 comments:

eph2810 said...

I am so glad that you were able to find the jewelry.
Isn't it cool to know that God never lets us down - or even better - never forgets us :)

Blessings to you and yours.

palmtreefanatic said...

you always find things when you are not looking for them, ever notice that? Ask and ye shall recieve, this works for me to as I to get so frustrated when I cannot find what I am looking for! Praise God you found it and still have your peace of mind!
Blessings!

Debz said...

Happy to hear you found what you were looking for. I remember once when I was little I lost my new skipping rope and I went to tell my mom and she told me to go pray about it. I did then I went back to the toy room and bam there it was. I never forgot that!

Art said...

It wasn't until you let go and turned it over to God that you were able to find it! Amen!

Kate said...

Hoping that works for the husband I've been looking for. :D

Glad you found your jewelry. I rarely wear jewelry and have a few pieces that aren't sentimental, but are very nice. Last week I lost a pair of my earings...not lost/lost...I was going to put them on in the car and...well, then slipped into a tiny gap where the speedometer is. My tummy turned, but at least I know where they are. ;)

For now, I pray that peace covers your mind. That the fear and worry of generational things releases whatever hold it has...whether small or large. (PHIL 4:7)

Many blessings,
Kate

Valarie said...

That happened to me the other day. I was franticly looking for a license for my boss who needed it in 30 minutes. I finally just prayed about it, and then opened a drawer and there it was.

God is good. :)

SaraLynn said...

I am glad He led you to it. it is nice to know he is with us all the time.

Thanks for the comment earlier. I didn't feel very brave yesterday, but I am better now.

Karolee said...

God is so good. I remember various occasions where I search and search and then only after I seek the Lord do I find the item. Why can't I learn and just pray first before I waste so much time looking?

Kristen Andrews said...

I know we can drive ourselves crazy looking for things and then all of a sudden it comes to us where it is. I did this one time when I thought my son swallowed a super ball (he is 2) it was in my pocket all along. I prayed for God to help me find it and guess what I put my hand in my pocket and there is was!!!!

Shionge said...

So happy to read about your faith in Him Nadine :)

It's All Good! said...

That's so powerful, Nadine. I could see where fear would grip you given your mom's circumstances. But He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a SOUND mind! Continue to be blessed with a sound mind as He has promised!
Brenda

Bebe said...

Hi Nadine ~
I know that must have been traumatic for you. I have had that same kind of panic on several occasions, but then I just tell myself it will be okay ~ whatever I need to find, I will find eventually.
We all have moments like that, so you are definitely NOT alone ~ not to worry. I have sometimes quit looking for something (days will go by) and then there it will be all along.
Hugs, Bebe :)

Strider said...

Good post. I heard it said once that we have to let go of anything that exalts itself over the knowlege of God. Worry is one of those things that "exalts" itself. Thanks for sharing the thought.

Scarlet said...

Don't you love it when He pulls through for us like that? Not only did you find the jewelry, you found peace.

I'm happy for you.

Yellow Mama said...

Been there...done that. I've done the panic thing only to realize that God knows...and He always finds what I have misplaced.

Laura said...

Great story; we all need an uplifting story now and then, even though it was jewelry, it definitely shows your love and respect for God.

Thanks for coming by my blog; sorry to be stopping my so late. It has been crazy around here.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Oh, Nadine. I can so relate. It seems I am constantly forgetting or misplacing. I've begun jotting things down in my daytime "put christmas candles under wine cabinet", etc. That little trick has saved me many times lately.

LL said...

Na...I heard a sermon just this past Sunday where the pastor said that it's when we don't seek it that God releases it to us.

Keep not seeking.

May you be abundantly blessed!

Tammy said...

This was a powerful story, Nadine.
I can't count how many times I've prayed for God to help me find something and He has...and in this case, a bigger issue of handing your worries over to Him, and then He answers you!
Thank you so much for sharing this- it blessed me!

Elle*Bee said...

Isn't it wonderful how blessed we are when we finally hand it over to Him? I'm glad you had a happy ending.

CC said...

I've definitely experienced this before. I need to be more faithful in relying on God when I feel panic-stricken.

Dawn said...

What a wonderful example of how much our Lord cares for us. I have the same issue with forgetfulness. And I just told my husband today that I am feeling really frustrated at the loss of my "sharpness" at work. It is distressing. I often think we have too much on our hard drives!

Louise said...

AMEN- What an amazing God we serve! So glad you found it AND have peace of mind!
Hugs to yoU!

Damselfly said...

I have totally hidden things so well I couldn't remember where I put them!

jennifer said...

Praise God Nadine! I am so disorganized and absent minded that I have OFTEN had to pray that type of prayer. And there He is, leading me around my home to my lost objects! God is so willing to be a part of every facet of my life!

Jennifer

Cherrye said...

I'm glad you remembered where you put it. I think that it is normal to forget things, though, Nadine. (At least that's MY story when I forget...and I do, a lot!)

yours truly B said...

I have done that many times and the flood of relief and thankfulness to God is like a sweet flow of peace in which we bask until another time
Billie

Sandy said...

Hi Nadine, not trivial at all! I love stories like that. In fact, I've had similar things happen ...

Knitting Mania said...

Awww Nadine, this post almost made me cry. That exact same thing happened to me one time. I have my mothers wedding ring, and I too hid it one day, and then could not find it, I was so upset, I thought it was actually stolen....I too prayed and God so faithfully answered my prayer and I remembered where I had hid it.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a blessed weekend...

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh yes, Nadine, the little things and the big things matter to our Jesus. I've done the same thing!! In fact I still have 2 $25 gift certificates "somewhere" that I put in good hiding!!!! By the time I find them they may be expired!!! Who cares!!!
Susan

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. It's another reminder for me, though not of similar story, but that I continue to trust in Him for He is faithful. He does answer pray in His perfect timing. Not to worry keep your faith.

Melanie said...

Worry is something I struggle with almost daily. Thanks for sharing the scripture.

The Edwards said...

Being frustrated holds us all back at time our God is so GOOD. THANKS for sharing with all of us. I can remember doing the same with my wedding rings before we went to the beach last year.

Debbie said...

I just want to say thank you for your comments and concerns with my husband. It's so nice to have people out there who care. I finally got a moment to look at your blog. I believe the Lord help with even the littlest things.

Tonya said...

I do that all the time with things and currently I can't find my wallet. I know it isn't in the normal spot but I can't for the life of me find it. I need to pray for God's leading on this one :) Thanks for the reminder.

Arika said...

My grandma was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s too. I know its nothing like a mom at all but it's still hard :( The hardest part is for the past couple years she realized she forgot things and then would start bawling when she couldn't remember stuff.