Saturday, January 9, 2016
My sister lost her wedding ring on a walk with her dog months ago, her prized wedding ring. She went searching daily for months. She retraced her footsteps, put up reward signs, had an entire community pulling together looking with her for her most precious possession. She even rented a metal detector, looked through her house several times and went on the trails she’s covered with her dog over and over with that thing. It was lost for MONTHS! The key word…WAS lost and now is FOUND!!! It was found a couple of days after she got the replacement from insurance. Crazy, huh? It took ages for her to finally agree to a replacement through insurance...and then just a couple days later, she found the original! When Sarah found her original ring, it was under a pile of leaves, dirty, grungy, and needed lots of TLC and cleaning to get it back to that sparkly new luster it had when she lost it. She had walked by this same spot many many times before never seeing her ring. You can read all about it on her website at www.great8creative.com. My first thought was, “AWESOME! She got it back! That is a miracle!” And I still believe it all is, especially if you take the time to read just how incredible the story is as told by Sarah. It’s unbelievable!
I also got to thinking a little more deeply about how Sarah’s story is so much like our faith, so much like how we are toward God. He doesn’t move. He’s there just like her priceless wedding ring. Sometimes He gets covered up by the chaos of life, by our determination to believe He isn’t around, that He doesn’t care, that we are fine without Him. All the while He’s unmoving, unchanging. He is waiting for us to reach out to Him to find Him because He is always there. Sometimes we feel like we have to come shining and gleaming…perfect. But that’s exactly why He’s here for us. He wants us to come to Him and watch Him do the “cleaning” in our lives. Just like Sarah’s ring, the original is so much more precious eventhough it needed some deep cleaning. Nothing but the original really suffices. So often, I am chasing after “fillers” or “replacements” that cannot compare to my original, deep and personal relationship with God Himself. Sometimes, I need to truly search for Him and work through the muck of what comes in life to find the One True Original Only God in my life.