When I lost my AirPods case

This article was originally published on cssentinel.com/teenconnect.

My AirPods case wasn’t in my pocket. I’d been on a walk through Centennial Park in Seattle and had been chatting on the phone using my AirPods. But when I went to put them away after the call, the case wasn’t there. I retraced my steps from my three-mile walk and searched my car, but I couldn’t find the case anywhere. I was annoyed with myself for losing it, especially since it was expensive and new, and my AirPods would quickly be useless without it—I now had no way to charge them. 

I called my mom to vent. She listened to my frustrations, then tried to help me calm down by sharing some ideas that I could pray with. While I don’t remember the specifics, I know these ideas related to what I had learned growing up in Christian Science Sunday School about God’s goodness and guidance. Although these ideas helped me feel a little better, I admit that I didn’t really want to hear them. I wanted her to commiserate with me! 

I didn’t want to pray about this; I just wanted my AirPods case back.

For the next few days, I continued to feel sorry for myself. I didn’t want to pray about this; I just wanted my AirPods case back. I decided to see if there were any community Facebook groups where I could post a message about the missing case, and I even made some paper signs that I put up around the park. Still, no one reached out to tell me they’d found it. 

Finally, almost a week later, I decided I needed to pray about the situation—if not to find the case then at least to find peace. I was still feeling unsettled and frustrated, but I’ve learned from other experiences that when I pray, I’m able to feel more of God’s love and get a more spiritual, uplifted view of things. This is what helps me find peace; learn more about my relationship to God, infinite good; and even find solutions.

I decided to pray with the Lord’s Prayer and found comfort in this line: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). I liked praying with this idea, since I was worried that someone had found my AirPods case and pocketed it for themselves. I prayed to better understand that we all, as God’s children, are honest and upright and can’t be tempted to keep something that isn’t ours. 

When I finished praying, I felt peaceful, satisfied, and relieved. I was no longer upset at myself or anyone else, and I didn’t even feel pressured to find the case.

I hadn’t spent much time reading the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson, so I dedicated my evening to studying each section. This Lesson, found in the Christian Science Quarterly, consists of related passages from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, on a different inspired subject each week. When I finished praying with the ideas in the Lesson, I felt peaceful, satisfied, and relieved. I was no longer upset at myself or anyone else, and I didn’t even feel pressured to find the case. Instead, I felt that I could trust that God would take care of me and that the peace would be lasting.

The next day after work, I got a call from a man who said that he’d found my AirPods case. He had actually found the case late the week before, but it wasn’t until yesterday when he was out on a walk that he had seen my sign in the park. He told me that he usually never looks where this sign had been posted, but that day, something had told him to look up. I believe that “something” was God. 

AARON CRANFORD — STAFF

We met at the park the next day, and he returned the case to me in perfect condition—even with a full charge! I was so grateful, not just for this resolution but for the reminder that every time I fully trust God’s guidance and care, I gain a deeper understanding of my relationship to Him, along with tangible blessings. And this has led to a deeper conviction that God is always leading me and taking care of me.

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