You may remember that on Labor Day my purse was stollen. Well, today I’m tickled to report that part of it has been returned. Talk about a tangible answer to specific prayers!
On Monday I received a phone call from our credit union. Apparently a college student named Meng had called to report that he’d found my purse. They wisely didn’t give out my phone number, but gave me his. After a brief conversation we made arrangements for him to mail my purse to me.
Today my afternoon…ahem…nap…ahem…was interrupted by the ringing of the doorbell. It was my mailman with a box. However, the box was clearly too small to have my purse and all the contents that were crammed in it. The mailman was as excited as we all were. With all three kids peering over my shoulder and the postman in front of me, I tore into the box to discover one of the two wallets from my purse. The interesting thing is that someone had taken the time to transfer everything of significance and value from my purse to this one zippered wallet. My driver’s license, social security card, the kids’ ss cards, insurance card, and 2 checkbooks and registers were all in this wallet. None of these things were in it when it was stollen, but were in other containers. Hmmmmm. What a thoughtful thief.
I wish I had had a tiny camera in my purse to know what transpired from the time it was stolen until I got the wallet back. I did recover one baby tooth, but no pictures. 🙁
God is good all the time though and I am so thankful to the thief or whoever the person is who moved everything to this wallet. I appreciate that he/she dropped it on a city street an hour and half from my home. I am most thankful to Meng, who had the wisdom to pick it up, the determination to find me via the credit union, and the integrity to take it to the post office and mail it to me. May God bless him.
What a blessing! God IS good all the time.
In deep, it was a mysterious how your purse got from Rochester to St. Paul. I assume that the bay guy or bay girl is from the cities and was around in the area where your family was hiking. I am glad that Meng had found your purse laying in the middle of the street while waiting outside for his friend.
As a fellow Christian, I think that’s the right thing any righteous person in his position would have done. I remember my first year in college, while leaving my backpack in the library and went to the bathroom thinking that leaving my backpack and wallet behind just for a couple seconds would be safe since I am in a high institution. When I returned, my backpack was still there where I was studying; the only thing that missing was my wallet.
I praised and praised that the thief would return my SS card and green card, he can keep my credit cards and the couple hundreds dollars I was going to purchase my books with. However, my prayer grows cold, unanswered. It took me a little over a year to receive my ss card and green card from the government.
I am sure Meng is a thoughtful young man. The process of applying for these identification cards is long and painful. I remember when we first arrived in the States, my whole family of 7 got up at 2:00 am in the morning and thinking that we would be the first in line, to our surprises, we were the third in line; a Hispanic family and a middle Eastman was already in front of us. And when my wallet was stolen, I reapplied and have to endure the same painful process all over again except that this time, I was all alone and there were enough room in the car for me to sleep outside while waiting in the cold for the place to open.
Reading your card, I was a little confused and didn’t know what you mean by “the things that were in the wallet were actually in different parts of the purse when it was stolen” I am not sure if you mean that the items in the wallets were misplaced, not in their original places. Now having read what you wrote here, I finally understand that there was more than one purse that was stolen. I am sure Meng didn’t mean to look through whatever that is left in that purse; he did peek through those items in order to contact you. And I hope that the tooth fairy will place a wonderful present under the baby’s pillow for having her tooth back.
Much love, God bless