You’ll Know It When You See It – An Encounter At The Wishing Well by Craig West
While at the mall recently, I shared an elevator with a young man who appeared a little troubled. His name was John. I asked John if he was O.K. He asked me if I knew where the well was. “The well?” I said. He replied, “Yeah, the wishing well.”
You see, last week John’s friend asked for a coin to throw into the wishing-well. With out much thought, he tossed a coin to his friend, and watched him trot off to make his wish. It wasn’t until days later that John realized that what he gave his friend was no ordinary coin, but a silver coin from WWII that belonged to his Grandfather! It had been passed down to John as a keepsake and he carried it with him all the time.
I offered to help John search for it; together we rolled up our sleeves and started picking up one coin afteranother. I would bring each coin a couple of inches from my face to examine it. That’s when John said something that I’ll never forget.
He said, “You’ll know it’s my coin because it’s silver, and it shines brighter than the average coin.”
At that moment I remembered this story from Luke 15, "Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!' In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents".
John’s frantic search for something precious and rare so reminded me of Christ’s desire for the lost of this world. And if you ever feel lost, which happens to me often, even as one of His kids, just know this: Jesus knows those who are His, they shine brighter. And He will always find you.
It's always fun to explore a new community and it's neighborhoods. Well, our travels brought us to this house! Hope we get a chance to see them in their full glory.