I knew something was wrong when I read the words from the website.
The Idaho Department of Labor said my unemployment benefits would arrive in a plain, white envelope from Fargo, N.D. While a very secure way to deliver a debit card containing our benefits, it could easily be misidentified as junk mail.
The next thought alarmed me. I suddenly remembered seeing such an envelope and had mistakenly thrown it away in our garbage bin. The thought was so clear, so illuminating I knew it was from the Spirit.
There was a chance it was still in the garbage. But today was garbage pick-up day. I had to hurry. I threw on some clothes and headed to the curb. As I walked out the door. I could hear the unmistakable sound of a garbage truck, just three houses down.
I quickened my pace.
I quickly threw open the bin and started rifling through sacks of garbage.
From one house away, I could see truck drop my neighbor’s bin back in place. My house was next. Still nothing.
Right as he pulled up to me, I caught a glimpse of a tattered, white envelope at the very bottom of the bin. The return address: Fargo, N.D.
The driver watched with amusement as I tossed a garbage sack back in, shut the lid and held up the envelope in triumph.
Stepping off to the side, I panicked again as the envelope contained several papers relating to my benefits card, but no actual card was visible.
As I was about to give up hope, I turned a paper over and there was it was — affixed to a piece pf paper.
I looked up into heaven and mouthed a “thank you.” And made a vow to get this changed to direct deposit by the end of the day.