I recently lost my wallet. I searched everywhere, even incredibly unlikely places like the boiler cupboard in an attempt to find it. My wallet literally has my entire life in it, my ID, my National Insurance card, my bank card, my 16-25 rail card and of course the Tesco Club Card and a Nectar card; worst of all I’d lost my Costa and Nero loyalty cards!
I was understandably distressed, as well as looking everywhere I could think of, I was praying that it would turn up, or that it would be handed in. I even prayed that if someone had stolen it they would have just taken the money and then dropped the wallet somewhere. By Friday I gave up and cancelled my bank card. I then tried to sort out getting a new photo ID and National insurance card. I realised that I would have to pay money to get new ones and that I’d just cancelled my bank card so that was now not a possibility until later in the week. The next day I was just about to head out to meet some friends when I remembered that my sports bag had a false bottom to it. ‘Ridiculous!’ thought I, my wallet has no right whatsoever to be in my sports bag let alone to be underneath the false bottom. I had already checked the bag, the wallet wasn’t in there and I hadn’t even used the bag in about two weeks. The only possible way of the wallet being in the bag was if it had somehow fallen from my desk into the bag and then when I had checked the bag I hadn’t noticed the wallet and in moving the bag around, the wallet had somehow manipulated its way under the false bottom; but I thought I would check in any case… and there it was!
Despite the fact I had already cancelled my bank card I was unbelievably thankful because not only had God returned my wallet to me but He had done it in such a way that there could be no other explanation but Him. It reminded me that God is involved in the small as well as the big things of our every day lives.
When I left Nero’s it had the potential to get a bit messy, I felt let down because the flexibility I assumed the job entailed wasn’t forthcoming and they had every right to feel upset that they had spent a month training me only for me to hand in my notice. However, after some conversations with people wiser than myself (mainly my parents!) and praying about it, I felt incredibly calm when informing my manager of my decision. The decision was received incredibly well and I left on very good terms with all of the staff. I am convinced that God was at work through that whole episode and without His guidance and presence things could have gone down a different path.
I love the fact that God is involved in every aspect of our lives, from the seemingly insignificant things like aching knees and re-ordering nectar cards to the big things like career choices and emotional breakdowns He’s interested in every aspect of our lives. We worship a God who is active and involved and not a distant uncaring God and that is why I love Him!
Michael is on the Student team at St Michael le Belfrey. He has spent the past two years working for Riding Lights!