In the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son, the Scripture reveals GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heart to find Ã¢â‚¬Å“lostÃ¢â‚¬Â sinners and the great rejoicing that takes place in heaven when one of them repents and is Ã¢â‚¬Å“found.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Of course, nothing is ever lost from GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective, so some believers have found it helpful to pray when somewhat mundane items like car keys or phones have vanished inexplicably.
As a 23-year-old going through Campus CrusadeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff training, Paul Eshleman suddenly realized he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find the new Cross pen his fiancÃƒÂ© gave him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She was coming to visit and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the pen. I was griping to my roommate,Ã¢â‚¬Â Eshleman recounted at the recent Finishing the Task conference. Eshleman founded the JESUS Film Project and currently serves as the executive director of the Finishing the Task Network.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you just pray?Ã¢â‚¬Â his roommate asked nonchalantly.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pray about a Cross pen,Ã¢â‚¬Â Eshleman replied, thinking he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to bother a big God with a somewhat trivial request.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been talking about,Ã¢â‚¬Â the roommate chided.
Feeling somewhat foolish about the matter, Eshleman dropped to his knees next to his chair and prayed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lord, this seems really stupid, but if you could just tell me where the pen isÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
As soon as he uttered the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“where,Ã¢â‚¬Â a thought jumped into his mind.Ã‚Â Remember the VW when you were takiGod Reportsng your clothes to the laundry.
Eshleman hurriedly got dressed, walked outside the dorm, and found the guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car in the parking lot that had transported him to the Laundromat.
He opened the car door and at first glance didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see the pen. But then something remarkable happened.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I pushed my hand down in behind the seats and it closed over that Cross pen.Ã¢â‚¬Â
EshlemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story prompted Pastor Rick Warren to recall a similar situation he encountered only a week before the conference.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I lost my phone for a week,Ã¢â‚¬Â Warren said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was about ready to go buy a new one and I thought, I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even prayed about this.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So Warren prayed, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lord, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to ask you to show me where this phone is.Ã¢â‚¬Â
After he finished the prayer, he immediately felt a desire well up in his heart to praise God. He walked over to his wife KayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s grand piano.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I started playing some praise songs and I looked up and there was the phone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nothing happened until I started praising God. Then the answer was right in front of me.Ã¢â‚¬Â