Many years ago, I was a mail carrier. I loved being outdoors, walking my route and delivering the mail.
My usual routine was to punch in at 6:30 a.m. I would sort through many letters, magazines, and small packages, bundle them up in order and load everything in my jeep. The last thing I did was to check my jeep to make sure everything was in good working order. By 9:00 a.m. I was ready to start my day. Depending on gthe weather, I could have a long day or a short one.
On this particular day, my usual routine wasn't routine at all! As I began walking on my route it started to rain. The rain itself is not unusual, but I have a severe hearing loss and I wear a hearing aid. If the hearing aid gets wet it will be ruined. I took out my hearing aid and tucked it into the pocket of my pants. It had rained all day long and after 6 hours I finally finished my route. I rode back to the post office, turned in my jeep keys, hung up my heavy wet mail bag and punched out.
Before I leave, I always check and make sure I have my car keys,--I got those, I said to myself. I patted my back pocket, "yep, my wallet was there." Then, I dug deep in my front pockets for my hearing aid. "There wasn't anything in my pockets!!" I checked my mail bag and my jeep and there was no hearing aid to be found! Now, I was getting panicky! Oh my God, where is my hearing aid? I checked over everything again. Nothing! Now, my heart was beating fast. That hearing aid, smaller than my thumb, was somewhere out on my long 6 hour route. I had to find it! I was frantic! Everyday, after work, I looked and looked for a whole week. I was totally exhausted.
Finally, I turned to God and prayed, " Oh God, I need a miracle! I need that hearing aid. I can't hear without it. Help me, please!"
On the second day, after telling my heart wrenching prayer to God, I was out delivering my mail as usual. While walking along, I just happened to glance down at the grass for just a second and there lay my tiny hearing aid. I thought the hot sun was getting to me. I blinked my eyes and looked again. I stared long and hard and gulped. "Oh my goodness, it really was my hearing aid!" I picked it up and another thought popped in my head. With discouragement, I said to myself, "it rained several days during the week and my hearing aid was probably ruined." Then, I suddenly heard a small voice clearly within my heart, saying, "Put your hearing aid on." I hesitated and I was doubtful that it would work but I obeyed and put my hearing aid on.
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