“And the LORD has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments,” - Deuteronomy 26:18 (ESV)
While her husband was saddened by the loss, he was very understanding. It was, after all, only a ring and not what made their marriage work, and it could be replaced.
, however, was heartbroken. Yes, it was only a ring, and really not that expensive when you got right down to it, but it was the ring her beloved had placed on her hand all those years ago when they pledged their lives to each other before their friends, family, and God. Nancy
After the phone call, she went to her neighbor to borrow their metal detector. Upon hearing
’s dilemma both she and her two sons joined the search. The boys commandeered the metal detector and soon discovered hidden treasure of bottle caps, nails, and various other scraps, but no ring. The neighbor carefully walked the garden rows and searched delicately through Nancy ’s prized flowers, but still no ring. Nancy
“Please, God, please let me find that ring. I know that it is small and not worth much, but it is so precious to
” She prayed and prayed, but an hour later no one had found the ring. A sweaty, smelly, and emotionally drained me. started to thank her neighbor for helping her in the search when her neighbor let out a small gasp. There at their feet, tucked neatly into the edging between the garden and the lawn was Nancy ’s ring. And even though it was smudged with dirt and grass to Nancy it was the most beautiful thing in the world. Nancy
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making us your treasure and for never giving up on us. Thank you for searching for us when we wander away from you and find ourselves covered in “dirt and grass”. Help us remember that even when we “fail” ourselves and are feeling small and not worth much that we are still your precious treasure and that you are willing to search through all the smelliness to find us. In Jesus’ holy name we pray to You. Amen.