Lost and Found

The Case of the Missing Hearing Aid
We lose stuff all the time. Sometimes we find the lost item. And sometimes the circumstances of its recovery aren’t earthly, as I’ve written about here before. My dear friend, whom I’ll call Jennifer, sent me another story of divine assistance—but in this case she was led to find her husband’s lost hearing aid.

Jennifer and her husband, whom I’ll call Tex, live in a rural area. The nearest city is an hour away. Tex has Alzheimer’s disease. His devoted wife cares for him and works full time. When I saw them last, they were preparing to embark on a road trip of over 1,000 miles each way to visit relatives.

After their return she told me about the hearing aid. She explained that before they left on the trip, Tex had misplaced one of his hearing aids. She searched their home thoroughly, crawling around on her hands and knees with a flashlight. She asked the women who clean her home to look. No hearing aid. She began to wonder if their dog had eaten it.

After it had been missing for several days she phoned the hearing aid store. Since it was still under warranty, a replacement would cost “only” $500. Additionally, the trip to the city to order the replacement would require her to take a day off work, and the new hearing aid would not arrive before their planned departure. Jennifer reluctantly scheduled an appointment and arranged a day off from her job.

Two days before the appointment, Jennifer was getting ready for work one morning. As she tells it, “The thought came into my head to look in the clothes hamper. I had already checked his shirt pockets, but I was desperate, so I went to the hamper. Instead of looking in it, I pulled it out away from the wall. Behind the nightstand next to it was a towel that had fallen out of the windowsill. I picked up the towel, and lo and behold the missing hearing aid!

“Now, I have to tell you I truly believe that I was led to find it. The little voice in my head was a helper angel, and no one will convince me otherwise. I had no idea where to look, and of course Tex, with dementia, had no recollection of where he last had it. And how it got behind the night stand like that I don’t really know either, but I was certainly one thankful person.”

The morning I read Jennifer’s story, I was considering an appropriate scripture to accompany it. Minutes later I read a devotional that I receive online each day. The topic was…angels protecting us! Psalm 91:9-11 was the illustrative verse. I found that “coincidence” unlikely and forwarded the devotional to Jennifer. Twenty minutes later, I picked up my bible for my daily read. I follow a schedule to read through the bible in a year. On that morning the selected reading included…..Psalm 91.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
Psalm 91:9-11 (NLT)