Lost and Found
Have you ever lost something valuable?
Have you ever misplaced an important letter, your favorite jeans or your car keys?
If you have, then you are familiar with that sinking feeling in your stomach….the panic…the grief and possible slight hysteria (I’m a little dramatic sometimes) that accompanies these moments.
Several years ago, a friend of mine couldn’t find her wedding rings. She had just returned from a ministry trip out of state and realized she came home without her rings! In a panic, she called the hotel where she had stayed hoping they were found in her room and could be returned. Unfortunately, housekeeping said they never found any rings in the room where she stayed. We never knew if the expensive rings had perhaps been found and possibly kept by the housekeeper, or if indeed they were never found in the room.
A couple years later, our small town experienced devastating tornadoes that did damage to homes, business and neighboring towns. My friend’s home suffered damage from severe winds and a large tree that was uprooted, landing on the roof of her house.
Over the years, I had been praying for my friend’s rings to be returned. I had asked God for restoration for her….for her original rings to be returned. Most of the time when I prayed, I felt like the rings were “in her house”. So when the contractor came to begin making repairs on her house and had to tear out the floor in her bedroom, I asked him to keep an eye out for a missing ring. Although years earlier we had searched that house thoroughly for her rings, maybe, just maybe, the ring had been pushed into a dark corner or fallen through a crack in the floor. I was hopeful it could possibly turn up during the repairs!
Months later, the damage to her home had been fixed but the rings were never found. I will admit I was slightly disappointed. I was sure that the rings were supposed to be “in her house”. Again, I took my prayer to the Lord asking Him for her rings to be returned to her.
Fast forward several more years and her brother in law was rummaging through some family boxes that were being stored in the barn next to her house. As he looked through various boxes, he opened an unlabeled box that had several miscellaneous items in it. And there, in the corner of the box, were my friend’s wedding rings. They were found.
I’m sure you can imagine our surprise and the excitement of finding those lost rings! Finally!
After all these years!
The rings had been found.
As I was remembering this story the other day, I was thinking about people who have lost things.
I thought about how my friend’s rings were there the whole time.
Seemingly lost forever.
And then I thought about how they were found.
In her house.
By her brother-in-law.
Her brother by marriage (representing covenant).
You see, for many of you that have experienced loss, I believe that what you are missing will be found when you allow yourself to be connected in community with brothers and sisters in Christ. Could it be that what you’re missing is already “in your house”? Hidden?
In 2016, be willing to open yourself up to true friends and God-ordained connections. You never know what you’re missing that they’ll find!
We’re all in this together, friend.
You’re Not Alone,