Recently, I took a break from writing to work on a jigsaw puzzle that was taking up space on the dining room table. It was a Monday around 4 p.m.
As I searched for a puzzle piece, I thought about my grandkids and felt the urge to pray for them. When I got to two-year-old David, the youngest, I pictured him camping in the woods with his family. I prayed that God would protect him, wherever he was right at that moment. As other people came to mind, I prayed for them, too. (At the speed of thought, which might even be faster than the speed of light, you can pray for dozens in an instant!)
Several days later, when my daughter got back from camping and I asked how it went, she told me they had had a scare shortly after they first got there. What?
They had set up camp in the woods, where there happened to be a maze of paths to the parking lot, bathrooms, and the lake. She had taken little David with her to get water and was carrying a laundry basket of supplies from the bathroom back to their campsite, with him right behind her. When she turned around to check on him, he was gone. She immediately retraced her steps but couldn’t find him. So she ran back to the campsite. She and her husband called his name, looking everywhere.
“He’s over here,” a man answered from somewhere in the trees.
My daughter and son-in-law and David were soon reunited. He was fine, not even crying when they reached him, and only said, “Hold me, Mama.”
My daughter said to me, “I figure David was looking down at his feet instead of me when he took the wrong path. In a way, it was a good thing it happened early in our stay because it made us more alert.”
I told her I had prayed for him and added, “You went on Sunday, right?”
“No, we actually went on Monday.”
“What time did he get lost?”
“It was shortly after we got there in the late afternoon.”
She thought for a minute. “Yeah, right about then.”
I can’t recall many instances of praying for someone who was miles away and learning later they had been at risk. Praise God for the way things turned out!
“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about.” (Jeremiah 33:3)