This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt for today is “search.”
It began as a fun afternoon at the beach, but it ended with a frantic search.
After a few hours of paddling and games, sitting and chatting, and enjoying the sunshine, my friends realised that they had lost the key to the place where they were staying. One of them had had it in his pocket, but at some point in the course of the afternoon it must have fallen out, because it was no longer there.
“It’s ok,” we encouraged him. “It must be round here somewhere. We’ll find it.”
And so we began walking across the sand, searching methodically, trying to make sure every inch of beach was being covered.
No sign of the key.
We searched again in case we’d missed it, but still it was nowhere to be found. My friends were beginning to get anxious at the thought of having to explain that they had lost their key.
“Maybe we should pray, ” someone said. Honestly, I didn’t have much hope by this point, but we figured it was worth a try, so we prayed…
…And as we opened our eyes we spotted a man walking across the beach, carrying a metal detector!
My friend rushed to speak to him, managed to borrow the metal detector and, within seconds, we heard a beeping noise and discovered the key buried deep in the sand!
I lived in that place for two years and was at the beach regularly, but that is the one and only time I ever saw someone with a metal detector on the beach.
It can only have been God.
And while I know that all situations don’t work out as easily and sometimes we never find what we’re searching for, as I look back on that experience it reminds me of God’s care, that the little things matter to him, that nothing and no-one is truly lost to him and that, even in the midst of the seemingly impossible, there is hope.
“I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.”
(Psalm 139:7-12 NLT)
And since the prompt has brought this song to mind, we’ll finish with a bit of Mary Poppins! 🙂