My heart sank. I was sick to my stomach immediately and my body temperature seemed to swing from burning to ice cold and back to burning with each heartbeat. I had lost something that I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life without. In no way would this feeling of panic, fear, loss, and personal disappointment ever be far from my thoughts. I had lost my wedding ring, and therefore lost a part of myself as well.
I couldn’t just sit back and accept that my ring was gone though. I told my husband and children and they immediately joined in on the “Great Ring Hunt of 2013”. My mind was in continual turmoil. It raced day and night trying to think of new places to look. My heart was broken and I cried myself to sleep. I enlisted friends to pray and assist in searching too.
I was crushed and devastated. Sure, I had a jewelry box full of other rings…but they weren’t THIS ring. THIS ring held my heart and had been part of me for over sixteen years. It represented a love and a commitment that was truly a part of who I was, not just an item I owned.
I prayed continually for God to supernaturally reveal to me the location of my ring, but for days I searched and was sick with fear that my ring was in fact gone forever. I cried almost continually, and could think of little else than the missing ring. My actions were consumed by the search, my thoughts were overwhelmed by it, and my words could only utter my concerns and my loss.
Finally, after a week of absolute torture, I brushed back the curtain in my bedroom. There, on the window sill was my treasured wedding ring. I had spent the last week trying to “continue with life” and knowing I would forever keep an eye out for my missing ring…until the day I found it. The moment of recovery that I had hoped and prayed for had arrived!
I was so incredibly relieved that I called my husband and all of my friends. We all breathed a communal sigh of relieve and celebrated together that my treasure had been located safely and was back where it was supposed to be. My friends and family were overjoyed for me, and I finally had peace in my heart and could stop feeling sick and consumed. We truly celebrated and rejoiced together.
Shortly after recovering my ring, I came across a scripture that I had read many times. I thought I understood it completely, but looking at it through the lenses of my recent loss I could see the deeper value and meaning.
Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
I had just been the woman doing everything she could to find something of value that was missing. I had recent insight on the deep sense of loss, the angst of a lengthy search, and the beautiful celebration of recovery.
In this Scripture, we are the missing treasure. God is the woman who we belong to as believers. Just as I spent all of my energies seeking my ring, and the lady in scripture spent hers looking for the coin, God's heart is anxious for our return to Him. When we do return to Him, He celebrates in Heaven as does the angels. You are of that much value to God's heart! You are His treasure that He will continue seeking and searching to recover.
Even though we believe, there are times that we get caught up in things that aren’t of Him and we become “lost” to our own devices. God will continue to shed light into our dark places so that the way back to Him is revealed and available to us. It is up to us to repent and turn back to Him and the place He has designed us to be. When we do this…Angels rejoice at our repentance and there is a celebration in Heaven because we have returned to our rightful place with our Father.
Be encouraged today that He is still with you. You are still of great value to Him, and He earnestly wants you back even more than I wanted my wedding ring back! Please allow God to shine His light into the dark places of your life and allow Him to guide to back into the safety of His care!
You are God's great treasure!