During a middle school conference at Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin this summer, Gayle and I took our two god-daughters down to the beach for a swim. Natty, the five year old, and I were having a great time swimming to the bottom of the 4 foot area examining the mysteries of the deep. As we splashed and laughed, we were interrupted by the sobbing of a 6th grade girl frantically thrashing around in the water. “My watch, my watch”, she exclaimed, “my watch slipped off of my wrist and I can’t find it. Will you please help me look for it?”
Along with her friends, we dove to the sandy depths time after time only to end up watch-less. Natty and I decided to return to the beach but as we did I couldn’t help but notice the despondent look on the middle schooler’s face. The watch must have been very special to her and with it lost, her week would probably be majorly distracted. My heart ached for her and moved me to enter the water for another look. On my first attempt I did something I failed to do earlier…I prayed. As I dove into the water I simply asked, “Please Lord, open my eyes to your child’s watch”. The instant I opened my eyes, after my petition, I saw her pink timepiece. Yep, that’s exactly how it happened. I think I was as excited as the young teenager, but for a different reason.
Coincidence? Luck? Not hardly. Was God that concerned about the watch? Not likely? Did He want the young girl to be undistracted during the evening program when the Gospel was to be presented and an altar call extendend? Absolutely!
God cares. God understands. God hears. God acts. God always knows best.
God’s ways are far beyond ours but His ways always have our best interest in mind.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7