When Liza and I got back home after the car theft incident on Monday, I prayed Psalm 91:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” … Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you… For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.“
We were sure that the thief or thieves would likely discard Liza’s bag as most of the items in it were of little value (resale value for thieves that is, though of course they were all precious to Liza), and so we prayed that we would be able to find that bag.
When I was at work on Tuesday morning, I got a call from the church offices. (Regent Christian Academy shares the campus with Horizon Church). The receptionist said that someone had found Liza’s bag, and turned it into Coast Meridian elementary school (right around the corner from where it was stolen!). Wow! I was so excited for Liza!
Apparently, the thief, had tossed the bag into the woods behind this elementary school, and one of the moms from the school had been out walking the next morning, and stumbled across the bag. She picked it up and turned it into the office. Our good Samaritan from Surrey – thank you and God bless you for your act of kindness and generosity!
When I went to the school to pick up the bag, we discovered that most of Liza’s things were still in the bag – her favourite shoes, her Bible and notebook and book. The only things missing were her iPad mini, electronic cables and headphones, and her favourite scarf. That’s amazing! The thief could have tossed all of these items out the window, in the garbage, or into a ditch somewhere, but they were all together still in the bag.
Well today Liza and I decided to go back to the scene of the crime, and I did a little walk through the woods to see if we could find her scarf. It was an expensive scarf she had bought from her brother-in-law’s store in Winnipeg, and would be hard to replace. I was pleasantly surprised when we found the scarf lying on one of those green power converter boxes right around the corner from Jen’s house. Another miracle!
But here’s the coolest part of the story. When we went through Liza’s bag, we couldn’t find anything in her bag at all that had the church’s name or number on it, or any other personal identifying information. How did the school know to contact our church? Could it have been His angels, watching over us? I don’t know for sure – it’s a mystery – but I still believe this was the Lord’s miraculous provision!
Sure, we didn’t get her iPad mini back, or her headphones or charging cables. But the Lord still encouraged our hearts and let us know that He is watching over us. God is Good! Amen…