The other day I ask for your help by means of prayers for something very important that I had lost or was stolen in the Denver Airport. When the thing didn’t turn up, I then asked if you would also pray that the person who had it would have a change of mind and heart.
It seems your prayers have worked.
Here is the fuller explanation and update.
It was my iPhone that went missing at the airport. The moment I realized I didn’t have it, I reported it lost. I retraced where I had been. I then headed off to Wyoming Catholic College for my speaking engagement and visit there.
I called the Denver Airport again that night and again the next day. I was told they didn’t have my phone. On my way back through Denver yesterday I checked again.
I spent quite a bit of very nervous time changing passwords on everything I could think of that I could access from my phone. Believe me… that is a lot of things. Then I went into my ATT account page and suspended the phone service.
I when I got home I therefore went straight from the airport to the store and negotiated a new phone with a bit of a discount though an early upgrade. Still very spendy.
When I got to my house I found a message on my answering machine from my mother, that evening, saying that Denver Airport’s Lost and Found HAD MY PHONE. They saw her number in my recent calls and called her late in the afternoon! By the time I learned this, the Lost and Found was closed.
When I had checked the Denver airport yesterday the morning the person I spoke with apparently didn’t actually check to see if they had it. Very expensive for me, as that turned out!
Thus, I called the Denver Airport Lost and Found again today and spoke with a different person who confirmed that they had my phone. She said they could FedEx it to me on Monday if I had a FedEx number. I do and they have given me my tracking number. I lost the phone on the 3rd. It was turned in on the 4th.
Therefore on Wednesday I will probably have back my not-very-old formerly-lost very-expensive paper weight after its little vacation.
Then I called the ATT store where I had spent time and money last night. They can take my new phone back a 10% fee.
Here is what I draw from this.
First, prayers are effective. Something moved the person to turn my phone in after some delay. Or perhaps St. Anthony helped Lost and Found find my phone they in turn had lost. I don’t know which it is, but I am getting my old phone back, which in purely worldly terms was very much not likely to happen.
Second, regarding the phone itself, I have now started researching some apps and options to add additional security. I will post on this in another entry. Ever worry about identity theft? I have.
Third, it pays to pray and to be persistent in prayer… and persistent in your own efforts as well. Many problems which seem to be lost causes can be resolved by grace and elbow grease.
Fourth, asking for help helps.
Therefore I am very grateful to everyone who, in their kindness, helped me pray for the return of this thing, which could have lead to some real problems and far greater expense.
Thank you, dear readers.