The purple thumb drive that stores most of the Immanuel Quilt Ministry files—died. And they were stored in no other place.

The book manuscript, the photos of the quilt, the curriculum, the pattern, the Bingo game, the presentation notes, and the PowerPoint files—are gone.

At first inkling the thumb drive was about to die, Tom copied all my files onto his work computer and external hard drive, and on another external hard drive.

The next morning when I tried to open one of the files from the second external hard drive, there were no documents in the folder, nor in any that had been copied. None.

I tried to put the original purple thumb drive into the computer, and nothing on it would open.

I took the liberty to remind God that by His breath He gives life. I asked that He allow the breath of the Spirit to well up in me so that I could blow into the original thumb drive and bring life to it long enough to get the files transferred to the new thumb drive I had purchased. He answered my prayer!

The thumb drive opened long enough for me to copy every file. Once the task was finished, the purple drive–died again.

At that point, it didn’t matter, I was shouting praises to the Lord for restoring that which was lost.

However, the story doesn’t end here.

The following morning, I got up, inserted the new thumb drive to open a file and begin work, and a message popped up on my screen telling me the drive was corrupted. I couldn’t even get into the drive.

Five-plus years of work gone in a flash—gone in a flash drive.

Though I felt like crying, instead I spoke to a couple of friends asking them to pray that my files would be retrieved. Tom, too, prayed with me for the files to be resurrected.

I blew into the dead thumb drive, hoping that God would again retrieve the files for me. After praying and blowing into the drive, Tom took and inserted it into his work computer. Praise the Lord, the files opened!

We opened every folder and copied each of the documents, saving them to new folders on his computer. This time we made sure all files were getting copied and saved.

We not only copied the files to his work computer, but to his Cloud, his external hard drive, our external hard drive, and to two thumb drives!

God retrieved that which was lost and I didn’t want to risk losing it again.

The definition of retrieve in verb form according to Merriam-Webster is this:
To locate and bring in (killed or wounded game)To call to mind againTo get back againRescue, SalvageRestore, ReviveCorrect, as in remedy the evil consequences ofTo get and bring back
Sounds alot like what God does, doesn’t it? It seemed to be a theme He was tying into my situation, and, a few others of late too.

Last week Mom was pleased to have finished piecing together the Immanuel Quilt jigsaw puzzle. However, when she got to the point of putting in the final piece—the piece was missing.

Mom knew the piece had to be somewhere, it was one of the corner pieces she had set aside at the start.

Mom searched the area where she was working on the puzzle, but could not find the piece. Tom and I searched high and low for the piece. We could not find it either. I told Mom to pray and ask God to guide her to the missing piece.
A couple of days later the missing piece was found.

The piece was on top of the Immanuel Quilt book, which was on top of the bed, more than five feet away from the desk where she was putting the puzzle together. We are convinced God placed the piece on the book knowing she would find it when she would go to put the book away.

Though we prefer these incidents had not happened, I am grateful for the message God has woven into them–that He is the One who rescues, restores, salvages, and revives the dead…with the blow of His Spirit.

The blow of the Spirit is what is taking place at Asbury University. God is retrieving that which is lost. The rescue, revival, and resurrection are to bring us to God, to the intimate presence of Immanuel, God with us.

Hallelujah and Amen.

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” –Luke 19:10

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