Read Philippians 4:4-9
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
My wife is a very reserved person and is not one who fawns over things. However, recently I learned of one item of extreme importance to her the return of which elicited an unexpected response. It is a crocodile nut cracker which was made by her father. It had been put in storage and I had forgotten where I had put it. I had looked in several places but was unable to locate it. Recently while moving the remaining items from our old house and I had located some storage boxes I had forgotten about that had been hidden behind some other items. As I rummaged through the boxes, I was able to located the nut cracker. When I returned it to my wife it was the first time, that I can remember, she had received something which elicited tears of joy.
Likewise, this recent crisis has acted as a catalyst that in locating some lost treasures. In particular I am speaking about the kindling or rekindling of relationships. Due to the social distancing many have realized the importance of keeping in touch with each other. This has forced us to find a means other than face-to-face contact to accomplish this. While the use of social media and internet have been applied, not everyone is connected in this way. So, some have fallen back to the old school methods of phone calls, cards, and letters. This has brought about some unexpected responses.
As I call around if I end up receiving a voice mail, I leave a message informing the person of who I am, explaining why I am calling, and expressing my wishes of continued health. I have received several emails and voice messages informing me that they are fine and how much they appreciate the call. But it was a return call the other night which stands out the most, it was from a member who had moved out to town and had lost contact with some old friends. She spent several minutes telling me how much the phone calls from various members had meant to her and that it kindled in her a desire to do the same thing.
It serves as a reminder that God can take any situation, no matter how bad we think it is, and turn it into a very special gift. My prayer is that when this crisis is over and we are able to meet face-to-face again that we will not forget how important it is to take time out of our busy schedules to remain in contact with each other, whether it be through social media, internet, phone calls, or cards and letters. May God’s blessings bring tears of joy over a seemingly lost treasure.