One of the ladies at the facility where I volunteer was distraught. Her chronological Bible had been lost during her transfer. We own one of those, so I knew exactly what it looked like. I made a mental note, and planned to go to the thrift store to look for one when our Bible study was over.
I went, fully expecting to find that exact Bible. I felt sure that God would want her to have it.
Starting with the “Bible” shelves, I glanced at each one. When I didn’t see it there, I started looking in the more general “Religious Books” section, thinking that possibly someone had misplaced it. I was so sure, that I spent 15-20 minutes looking. At first, I scanned the shelves, but not seeing it, I started over and looked more slowly. I even asked a volunteer to check in the back.
At last, I had to admit that it wasn’t there.
There was another thrift store in town that I considered. They didn’t usually have much in the way of books, especially Bibles, but it wasn’t too far so I decided to run by and look anyway.
Once there I went straight to the bookshelves and they were just as I had remembered. The book section was small and there didn’t appear to be any Bibles. Regardless, I started to look more carefully.
Suddenly, I found exactly what I was seeking.
There was the exact chronological Bible that I had in mind. It was brand new, still wrapped in plastic with the original store’s price of $21.99. However, there wasn’t a price for the thrift store.
Suppressing my excitement, I carried it to the front counter and asked how much it was.
“One dollar,” the sales lady replied.
I keep wanting to write that I couldn’t believe it, but I could.
I had expected to find that exact Bible, but God exceeded my expectations by providing a brand-spanking new one!
I couldn’t wait to take the Bible to its intended recipient and tell her how God had provided it especially for her. I was hoping that she would feel God’s love for her, and that it would help strengthen her faith. It did mine.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
What is it that you’re seeking? Our Heavenly Father invites us to approach Him with all of our needs. Great or small, He can handle them all. If you will only ask.
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