Last week when we met the Prince for the weekend...he let a very important document be taken out or fall out of his passport. So when he reentered the country of his schooling his visa was altered.
We received an urgent message from the school saying that as a worst case scenario we would have to redo the entire process (which took the Prince and I out of our host country for four days and cost a pretty penny the first time). It would not be the end of the world, but WOULD be very inconvenient and costly (again).
We had the Prince look everywhere for the document...dorm parents and roommate helped. He didn't remember ever seeing it. Ug. That meant it could be anywhere. This is one of those things that, as a parent, concerns us about him not living with us. These are lessons we want him to learn before he is so far away from us that we cannot get to him to help. Know what I mean? Anyway.
I immediately felt like the widow who swept her floor until she found her missing coin, but I had no floor to sweep. Nothing to do. No one to ask...except the One who knows all. It was a tad bit telling that my first thought was "How do I handle this?" instead of, "Lord, how do you want to handle this?"
So, I asked Him. I told him what was in my heart. It's not the end of the world if we have to redo this document, but it would be very inconvenient and could compromise some of the things we have planned to do in the near future for Him. So...I just reminded Him that He knows where the document is and could He please put it into the right hands to be returned. Even the Prince was telling us to talk to the Lord about it (always sweet words to hear from your child).
Within 12 hours I received an email that the document had been found by someone who didn't know how to reach the Prince so they turned it into the Foreign Affairs office (where he will have to go in order to get the sticker for his passport, anyway) and it will be waiting on him when he arrives. He had lost it as he was exiting the country.
That was AWESOME news! Thanks Father.