Lost & Found
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of November 21, 2021
Recently, my husband found a young woman’s wallet on a bike trail. He picked it up, brought it home, and informed me. I opened the wallet and saw the woman’s driver’s license. Her name was Victoria.
Victoria’s photo revealed a troubled look on her face and an address that was a five-hour drive away. There was no money in her wallet, but there was a debit card and an appointment card for a court date.
I knew in my heart that God placed this young woman’s identity in my hand and on my heart to pray for a turnaround toward all that He is and has for her. I know God loves and values her, this person whose earthly guardian thought enough of her to name her prophetically.
Just like her wallet, I believe what was lost will be found by God to help her find Him as her greater significance of identity and purpose in His promises fulfilled (2 Chron 15:4).
God has ways of revealing what is hidden to extend and sustain life abundantly through His salvation light of Christ. He meets with us to bring us from destructive darkness into His glorious Presence. All of us, who have fallen and are undeserving. All of us, who have an appointment with Him.
His Name is Redeemer.
God is about revival, not ruts or ruin. He has divine beauty, fresh oil, and new wine for each of us. He is our “beautiful strength” and never makes a mistake with us (Ps 92 15 TPT). He causes us to flourish in life as we follow Him (Ps 92:12 TPT).
God desires to take Victoria from iron and make her pure gold. He has a new countenance and a new life for her. He has a ministry designed just for her. He awaits her return to Him more fully. Wholeheartedly (2 Chron 19:9 NLT).
Entanglements of the world can cause us to feel bitterly hopeless, but God calls us out of the trenches of broken-heartedness and bitterness into His higher throne room to be enriched and entwined with Him. To help make others whole with Him.
He is our God of more than enough, whose “amazing mysteries” are “found within every miracle” (Ps 92:6 TPT). He reveals His “deep and glorious secrets” to the discerning. To overcome a violent world.
May we always remember God's truth and pray for the one lost sheep. God doesn't beat us up with the violence of rejection or condemnation but raises us up and carries us home to His merciful and gracious full restoration (Luke 15:4-5 TPT study note).
In “The Parable of the Lost Lamb” (Luke 15:3-7 TPT), Jesus says that “…there will be a glorious celebration in heaven over the rescue of one lost sinner who repents, comes back home, and returns to the fold—-more so than for all the righteous people who never strayed away.”
Concerning Victoria, there was no need for me to drive a five-hour distance to return her wallet, especially since I didn’t know if the address on her license was current. So, I called the authorities, to whom I handed it over. I would have loved meeting her in person to minister to her. But sometimes, we have to hand it all over to God and entrust Him to carry on His way.
Nothing is impossible with God.
So, I continue to pray for Victoria and speak victory over her young life and believe that The Master, who brings dead things to life will reach her and set her on a new path for His glory (Luke 15:24, 32 TPT).
May we always remember that, because He found us, it’s a new day for victory. In this assurance, we can rejoice.
Around the same time, God put Victoria’s wallet in my hand, He also revealed to me that we will find what we have been searching for and that some of what we find will be unusual, even better—some things God knew about that we didn't see previously. Something He will reveal.
Then He spoke to me saying, "It's time for the beautiful things to come into place, to manifest."
So, God's love is being expressed and poured out in new, wondrous ways to us. He is giving us unusual opportunities to reach out to others and share His love. 1 John 3:14 ESV tells us "We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers..." Therefore, we are to lovingly help others along the way. This is God’s standard as we go. The study note in Proverbs 24:10 (TPT) forewarns us by saying, "If you fail to help others in their time of need, you will grow too weak to help yourself."
So, let’s leave room for God’s grace to help us help others. Let’s let Him show us how to align in the most fitting way that returns glory to Him. We are in a time of wholeness, where as we move with Holy Spirit, we will see the redemptive completion of His manifest promises.
To God be the glory.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.