Morning came and with daylight on my side it was time to find my phone. One problem: during the night it snowed 3-4 inches! After several hours of looking and not finding it I decided to take break.
Went to the local store and purchased pumpkin flavored coffee, Gatorade, and hand warmers. What next? The library, it has alway been a great resource during this journey. Got there, logged on to the computer and then went to Find My iPhone (Apple iCloud). It showed the phone was still operable and its approximate location. While asking the librarian for a print out of my phone's location Matt (2nd from left in photo) and his wife Elizabeth (3rd from left) offer to help me locate the phone.
So, Matt & I searched and searched and searched and searched while his wife Elizabeth (sitting in the car nearby) along with their pastor (over the phone) prayed and prayed for my phone's recovery. As we just about exhausted our efforts the phone was found still working, no damages. I was one happy camper-hiker-walker!
I offered to take them to dinner in return for assisting me in finding my phone. They refused, and instead took me to visit Alan (far left) and Gail (4th from left with grand daughter) who minister Grace at the Cross Church. Alan and Gail both prayed for my phone to be found during my search. They were great hosts, we talked, I was fed, and later we all went out to view the church, a nearby nicely renovated former horse barn.
After examining all the sanctuary's beautiful fixtures and decor Pastor Alan prayed for my safe travels. I said my good-byes to Alan and Gail then left with Matt and Elizabeth.
Since it was later in the afternoon Matt offered to put me up for the night which was a good idea even though I was just thinking about walking. We talked for a while, I had a great dinner, slept well, ate an excellent breakfast in the AM, and then departed them -- heading to Cedar Lake, IN.
Matthew and Elizabeth's level of care, concern, selflessness is highly admirable. I felt bad for Matt when he was helping me look through the snow for my phone along side that very busy elevated 2-lane road, but he didn't want to leave my side even when I insisted. In this journey my phone has become my lifeline and without Matt's good will amongst other things, I wouldn't have found my phone and would have found myself in a difficult situation for quite some time.
Sometimes our mishaps bring forth great people, ideas, things, and/or events to come into our lives and this was one of those moments.