IMPORTANT UPDATE!! (or, why I’m posting on a Saturday)

The most amazing thing happened this morning while we were eating our chocolate chip pancakes!

I suppose I should start by explaining yesterday’s post. I don’t usually post a picture without an explanation; I had thought that the story was more in the silly sign than the sad story. But with today’s events, I’d better explain:

About a month ago, Hubbs was in the backyard flying piloting his remote control helicopter before dinner. A sudden gust of wind came out of nowhere and swept up the little helicopter, taking it over the neighbor’s tall redwood trees and far into the distance. Hubbs, Dad, and my brother-in-law rushed out to the street to see where it had dropped, but the sun was going down and they had a hunch that the dark, overgrown creek nearby may have been its final landing spot.

Hubbs was SO sad when he came back inside – his lifelong love of aviation only has one outlet these days, and in one terrible moment, that was gone. He hung his head and cleaned up the wrapper from newly replaced landing gear, and sadly packed up the useless controller.

Well what else could I do but make some signs – because if anyone did happen to find it in their backyard, even if they wanted to they wouldn’t be able to return it unless they knew someone was looking. (That’s what you saw yesterday, though they were hung up last month, the day after the incident.) We copied the signs, packed Elle up in the baby carrier, and the three of us walked around to the neighbor’s houses, trying to look friendly enough to be allowed into their backyards to search for the lost helicopter. Eight houses and one creek-walk later, no helicopter.

AND THEN, as we sat eating our chocolate chip pancakes this morning, a knock at the door.

A kind neighbor had let the dog out in her backyard after last night’s storm, and he ran right over to sniff a tangled, dirty, plastic thing that the rain had knocked out of the tree. Remembering our signs (and probably our sad faces when we came to her door) she brought the helicopter back.

And so one month later, what once was lost, now is found. Hubbs is in the other room as we speak with a blow dryer to see if his little helicopter will fly once the mud and rain are cleaned off. Isn’t God kind – who knows each bird that falls, and cares to return even silly things like lost helicopters.

 

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3 responses to “IMPORTANT UPDATE!! (or, why I’m posting on a Saturday)

  1. So happy that the helicopter was found…this would make a terrific Gospel tract, I’m so serious! Think about it–I’d love to work with you on it. Happy flying to your dear Hubbs, I’m so glad that this was returned!

  2. Isn’t it funny how lost things can be the source of growing our faith in God? Sometimes we find our lost treasure and sometimes we don’t. I once lost a dear little dog. We looked and looked for her, and passed out hundreds of flyers. I was so sad. So I turned to scripture to calm my heart and found Psalm 42:11, “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” So I trusted Him that one day I would be able to smile again, though I felt so low. And then, 11 days after she was lost, a woman found her in her backyard. After wandering for almost two weeks, my little dog had gotten herself tangled up in some old wire in her backyard. She was lost but then was found! We had a welcome home party and invited the neighbors! My husband and son thought I was a little silly (ok, a lot silly) but I was so grateful to the Lord for the peace He taught me to have in unanswered prayer and then the joy at receiving her back again. He is so kind. 🙂

    • Yes, its so true! Twice now one of the chickens have gotten out of the yard, and the verse about God “knowing each sparrow that falls” was so encouraging to us! it seemed fitting to pray about our little chicken – not because a chicken is an important thing (certainly there are many things more precious than a chicken!), but because we trust that God is sovereign over every single tiny detail, regardless of how important we think think it is. God is in control over everything, certainly there is nothing so small that it finds itself outside of His care. And God is so NOT obligated to send our lost things back, He shows Himself to be abundantly kind and generous when He does!

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