For almost three years straight I hadn’t been able to find my wedding ring — which didn’t really surprise me because I was always misplacing it for a few days at a time prior to that.
I’d place it on the bathroom counter or leave it on my mom or mother-in-law’s kitchen sink and it’d sit there for days until someone would pipe up and let me know they found my ring…again…meanwhile I’d be frantically searching everywhere it was not, hoping to find it!
At one point I even went extreme and had my husband’s first initial tattooed to my finger during one of the many times my ring was missing. Now I have the letter N permanently tattooed to my ring finger, which is fine…BUT I live in Nebraska (Husker nation) and I’ve actually had several people ask me if the N was for that reason….umm no….I’ll keep from further commenting so no sassy comments come out.
Last week I’d really been thinking heavily about my real, original wedding ring. I even ‘re’searched spots I’d already checked a thousand other times.
Nathan and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage in September and plan to have professional photos taken to celebrate, and really I just wanted nothing more than to have my wedding ring show up like an honored guest for the special occasion. After it being MIA for the past three years I had kind of wrote off the idea of it ever reappearing even though I’d search here and there just in case and especially lately as our anniversary quickly approaches.
The other day I was in a hurry getting ready to leave the house and one of my bracelets had fallen behind my dresser. My first instinct was just to leave and grab it when I had more time, but then I felt a stronger urgency to not wait and retrieve it right away instead. I inched the dresser from the wall a bit and spotted a small dusty golden color on the floor and immediately wondered if there was a chance it could be my ring. Using my husband’s barbecue thermometer (lol) I pulled at the piece and much to my shock it was in fact my wedding ring! …Honestly I’m still not even sure I ended up grabbing the little brown beaded bracelet that had originally fallen behind the dresser and spurred me to this moment to begin with.
I don’t love much, as far as materialistic items go, but I’m thrilled about finding my ring; it holds sentimental value to me!
BUT!!…as sweet, dainty, or pretty as it may appear to the eye—it’s actually broken.
On the underside of it, the gold is cracked—completely through…and a few of the prongs that hold the circular-shaped diamond need straightened and evened out.
Even then, it doesn’t mean any less to me. It’s still a keepsake, still a treasure, still an important part of my marriage because of what it represents. But it needs attention that only a professional jeweler can provide; only someone skilled in the arts of jewelry can make this ring whole and complete again. This won’t be the first time it lands at the jewelers’—nor the last—it’s gone in before for necessary maintenance.
It’s similar to Christians in keeping our faith strong and well maintained. We must continually present ourselves to God, the Healer, to be fixed. We experience trials and errors; and sometimes it feels like our life is under fire. But right in that place, right in that hot spot, refining happens and flaws dissipate when we hand ourselves over to God and trust that he can mend us.
Every time we give ourselves to God through prayer, worship, and time in His word we’re stepping further away from brokenness and drawing closer to healing and wholeness; and we shine (much like a freshly polished diamond) in a way that brings glory to God.
…Interestingly enough, as beautiful and valuable as a diamond may be, there’s actually no scripture where God ‘dotes on’ or ‘raves over’ it’s unique features or characteristics, though it’s a mineral created mindfully by Him.
However, referring to the importance WE have to God, this is what He proclaims over His people in Jeremiah 31:3b, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
You. And Me. He loves us with an everlasting love. He has drawn us to Himself with unfailing kindness.
This means God desires to have a relationship with us. To fix us. To simply love on us if we’re willing, no matter our situation…
In our brokenness, when we remain in Him, His light spills out and His brilliance is revealed to the world.
With our flaws, He’s able to connect us so we can communicate and encourage one another on.
And when we feel dull and useless—the beautiful truth is that as we wholeheartedly follow Him we radically change…we shine and sparkle, and reflect God’s light to others—without a trace of what the world claims as treasure—no glitter, swagger, or bling needed! …Just us, allowing ourselves to be used and fixed in a way that points others to Him!