The Lost Wallet

he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:5 ESV)

I lost my wallet today. I was on my way out the door but remembered that I needed to grab it. I typically keep it inside my backpack zipped in a pocket, and to my surprise it wasn’t there. I nearly turned my office upside down searching for it.

I finally gave up because I needed to pick up my wife from the airport and jump on a conference call while en route. It bothered me that I didn’t have my driver’s license, credit cards, insurance cards, or cash. It’s amazing how most of my identity is contained in that little black wallet. Anyone could have picked it up and used any of it as they pleased. I rehearsed a list of things I had to do to replace everything I had in there.

I was concerned but not worried because something inside me just said, “All that can be replaced.” So I prayed I would find it when I got home. Again, I searched every drawer and corner of my office but still came up empty. And just when I was about to quit, I picked up my backpack and stuck my hand inside a pocket that I forgot to search. And there it was! Thank God!

So what’s the big deal about finding my wallet? For one, I was excited because I didn’t have to make phone calls and appointments to replace all those cards. And two, I can finally sleep in peace and not think about retracing my steps again. But that is what made this search a bit silly. I spent 2 hard hours searching not just for my wallet, but for peace of mind. My material life may be in that little billfold, but my identity is forever secure with God. He is the One who should give me peace of mind. For a moment that did not happen today because I obsessed over finding that little black wallet.

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