that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance
with all those he has set apart for himself.
Then he remembered wearing the new sandals fishing at the Blind Pass Bridge the day before. He recalled setting the sandals on the bench at the Turner Beach shower to rinse off his feet and change into his white New Balance tennis shoes. My sister-in-law and her husband were heading to Captiva Island to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and offered to stop to check for his sandals at the park. My father-in-law was glad he didn’t have to make the twenty-two mile round trip in Sanibel Island’s notorious rush hour traffic. He dreaded the return trip with all the workers headed home off the island. Besides, he doubted the sandals would still be there.
About thirty minutes after my sister-in-law left the condo, my father-in-law’s cell phone rang.
“Dad, you won’t believe it! Your Keen’s were right where you left them.”
“NO! You’ve got to be kidding.”
“I’m serious; they were still sitting on the bench by the showers.”
“Wow! I can’t believe it, what are the odds?”
About a week later, my father-in-law also lost his olive green fishing rod with chrome spinning reel. It turns out; it too had been left behind during a fishing trip. We were all confident that it was lost for good, thinking someone would have picked it up and decided to keep it for themselves. A few days later, my father-in-law returned to the Blind Pass Bridge. It was filled with many friendly faces, and when Jose, a local fisherman, spotted my father-in-law he said, “So glad to see you haven’t left the island yet. I’ve got your fishing pole, you left it on the cement barricade a few days ago. I recognized the olive green rod and chrome reel, so I picked it up and kept it for you.”
“No way! Thanks so much for keeping it safe for me.”
When we leave something in a public place, we quickly assume the worst. We lose hope of ever getting our items back.
I’ll admit I have a similar attitude about restoring lost relationships. I’ve prayed for restoration, but all too quickly I stop trusting and assume things will never change
Take for example Joseph’s relationship with his brothers who sold him into slavery. His brothers feared he would take revenge upon them once their father, Jacob, had passed away. But Joseph reassured them.
but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
When I become anxious or discouraged about those who are estranged, I am going to choose to be still and bring my concerns to God in prayer. I will entrust my loved ones to God’s care, and cling to the hope that my Heavenly Father will accomplish His good purposes.