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I put my keys in the same spot every time. Every now and then they are placed somewhere other than the specific pocket of my purse. When I expect them to be there and they are not, the search begins. Maybe with a bit of frantic energy thrown in for fun!

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We attended morning worship, had a nice family dinner and took a short power nap. I needed to go run some errands and be back in time for our small group Bible study at my house. No problem. I knew what time I needed to leave and approximately how long it would take to run errands. Except I didn’t factor in the misplacement of keys! As I was walking out to my car, I was digging in my purse pocket to get the car key out and ready. My hand found an empty pocket. No keys!! Huh! Where did I put them?? I checked the car ignition and the cup holder. No keys. Ok, I thought. I had to have them to drive home from church so…… they have to be somewhere. I checked the table by the front door, the dresser in my room and even the pockets of the pants I wore that morning. No keys. I checked with my kids to see if they had seen them or knew where they were. Nope. Now the panic is starting to kick in. I did another walk through of all the places I had just looked. Still no keys. Where on earth did I put them? Lord, I need some help here. After taking another lap through the house and car, it dawned on me to check one more place. I carry my Bible, journal, pen and kleenexes in a bag my mom had made me. When we go into church, there is a small pocket I put my keys in. Guess where I found my keys?! Yep, in the small pocket specifically for my keys! The kids and I were talking about lunch when we got home from church and I absentmindedly put the keys back in my bag instead of my purse. The missing keys were found and off I went. All was well once again!

Recently, my mom had come down for a visit and was getting ready to leave. She was already looking around the house when I asked what was wrong. She couldn’t find her car key. The weekend was rather hectic and two of my kids had driven her car. My first reaction was to check in with them to see if they had her key somewhere. Well, at 8 o’clock on a summer morning, they were still asleep! I woke them up to ask, they both said they put it back in Grandma’s purse. My next stop was Grandma’s purse. I felt around in all the pockets and didn’t find  her key. We were both looking around the house and in her car again. I went back to her purse. Like mine, she has specific pockets for specific things (I’m my mother’s daughter!) Once again I put my hand in the small pocket where she puts her key. This time I pulled out what was in there. Guess what I found….yep, her key. We had both reached in there and had our hand on it not realizing it was her key. It wasn’t until we pulled everything out to SEE what was in there to find the key.

Just in case you are wondering, we really don’t lose our keys that often!

Jeremiah 29:11 is a well known verse, “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Just two verses later in verse 13, it states, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Stop and think about that for a minute. Seek him wholeheartedly

We have all misplaced something and turned our house, car, apartment or office upside down and inside out to find it. In our singular focus, every part of us is on the hunt for our lost item. What is the lost “item” you’re looking for? Are you looking for it wholeheartedly? Are you looking for it in Christ?

Maybe you’re searching all around, trying to figure out where you last felt His presence, His peace. You’re seeking out the place of contentment of what you once had. Somewhere along the way, it was misplaced. Where do you find it? How do you get it back?

Maybe you found it, had your hand on it and didn’t realize it. You were unaware of His presence and goodness and it took a couple of attempts of grabbing at it to realize what you had, a precious gift.

His plans for us truly are for good and gives us hope and a future. It’s not said to appease our wandering hearts and minds. It’s said to give us singular focus to look for Him wholeheartedly for the goodness we receive when we find Him. 

My friends, He is right where we left Him; in our childhood Sunday School class, in our innocence of new faith, in unexpected life circumstances, in hurt and pain. Somehow, somewhere, we’ve let go or have misplaced our desire for His heart. Do you yearn for it back? Are you searching for His comfort and peace? Good news, my friends, you don’t have to turn your life upside and inside out to find him. Look no further! He is with you, in you, right now. He has already found you, now you have found Him. Seek Him out, know Him deeply, yearn to be in His presence in all you do. His plans will go far beyond your wildest dreams. Take a leap of faith, and search for Him wholeheartedly.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together, wholeheartedly, in Him. 

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