Lessons From a Forgotten Purse

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Psalm 143:8 NLT

We’d left our home over an hour ago, on our way to Kansas to visit family. That’s somewhere around 12 hours in the car to make the trip. I thought of something I wanted to text a friend and reached for my purse….it wasn’t there! My first thought spoken aloud to my husband, “I forgot my purse we have to go back.” His response? “No!”

I had left my purse just inside the kitchen door so it was perfectly safe but I had not felt so insecure in years! No ID, not a coin or credit card to be had, no phone and none of those other things we carry in our purse to make us feel prepared.

This trip forced me to fully rely on my husband. For some of you, that might be no big deal. But for this woman who spent her life as a single career woman until her late 40’s, it was huge! Let me tell you I was not letting that man out of my site!

My imagination went wild. Thoughts like the bridge over the Mississippi collapsing with us on it, me surviving with no memory of who I was and no ID, yeah I went there. Laugh with me now! In truth, once I got my imagination under control, it was a great trip that offered an even better lesson.

Trust is hard. It’s something we need to learn, but we must also be careful to trust only the trustworthy. My husband loves me and he’s a great protector. In truth, a much better protector than the trusty purse and all the things it contains on a given day. Trusting God is hard too. But he is truly trustworthy. Self reliance may be pushed by the culture we live in, and feminist ideals tell us that as women that we can and we must captain our lives ourselves. In truth, we cheat ourselves out of much by living a life that plans, and schemes and manipulates to get what we want rather than walking the path God has for us.

My Tuesday Ladies and I have been doing an excellent study by Jeannie Allen on the life of David. One of the many great take away’s I got from this study just confirmed the lesson of the purse. Peace is found in walking day by day where God leads. Not in planning a path and begging God to take me there,not in demanding that God show me the six month agenda that lies ahead, but in trusting him day by day to walk beside me and be my protector and my provider. Peace is found in walking day by day where God leads. Not in planning a path and begging God. Click To TweetHe is trustworthy, and that’s a lesson that for me has been hard to learn. On the surface, I walked in trust, but down in the deep private part of me I found worry, insecurity and panic at times.  Friend, if this is you, give it up!  This walking in faith, this is peace!

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Psalm 143:8 NLT

Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Retired from my career as a scientist, I’m diving into God’s word and sharing the encouragement I receive. I know it can be hard some days. On those days, any little bit of encouragement might make the difference for you. I’m hoping to provide a place to find just that!

4 thoughts on “Lessons From a Forgotten Purse”

  1. This is so timely. Trusting God is all we have. If I could sit in a group of women which I have and talked about what was on my heart which I did and realize the outcome would I have expressed the hurt of what was in my life at that time. Parts of me say yes and the other parts say no. We ask ourselves do we want change or do want to keep it the same. Everything changes no mater how much you hold on to and keep a tight grip to stay in control even that makes change. We come back to rely on God to walk us through the changes and know that spiritual, emotional, mental and physical growth is on the other side of change. We can depend on Him when we figure out we need to let go of what is not according to his will. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His plans are so much better. After all heaven is eturnal life we will depend on Him and only Him. Why not get outside of our humanistic ways over and over again. Taking moments over and over again to thank him, to pray, to meditate on His word into our spiritual realm and trust Him. He lives within us He knows our struggle but He wants it expressed so we can feel the peace, see the light and know He is God over all things seen and unseen. Amen. Thank you for letting me express what has been given to us all. Life with God.

  2. Oh, how I loved this Loretta! And I am just like you – I MUST HAVE my purse! But this sentence struck me hard:In truth, we cheat ourselves out of much by living a life that plans, and schemes and manipulates to get what we want rather than walking the path God has for us.
    Thanks for sharing!

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