XXXV THE LOST WEDDING BAND
by Bill Hunt
“You must only buy me a new wedding band if it is half price!”
That was the first requirement. I wanted to buy my wife, Mary, a new wedding ring for Christmas. She is a very frugal woman.
I also wanted to replace her diamond engagement ring. She sold that once as a young wife to raise some needed household funds in an emergency. My wife is the type of person who if she has two bags of groceries will give you one if she knows you have a need.
I decided if I purchased a wedding band with diamonds, it would represent an engagement ring, as well. I reasoned she wouldn’t be able sell a combination engagement-wedding ring. So that was the second requirement.
I prayed and asked God's help to meet these two important requirements. Over the years I've learned it’s wise to listen for God's guidance after you seek his help. God does answer prayer.
So the first jewelry shop I entered offered nothing in the wedding band display. They had sold out. But the tall lady clerk mentioned another jewelry store. I heard the Spirit’s suggestion in this, so I drove downtown to the second store to test his leading.
I knew I was looking for a gold wedding band with diamonds, selling at half price!
The town square glittered with Christmas trees and Christmas lights everywhere. As the bell range over the entrance door, I entered the second store and carefully explored each jewelry counter. All the way down the aisle I searched, wondering where is the wedding band display. When I reached the back wall, I dropped into discouragement.
I couldn’t believe I had mistaken the Spirit’s leading.
"You missed it!" suddenly the clear voice of the Lord spoke.
I knew that voice, and I got excited. Back to the front of the store I hurried and took a different path through the maze of counters around by the left wall.
Turning the first corner, I saw the display up the next counter!
"HALF PRICE" said a white sign.
The glint of gold bands reflected the lights from the ceiling. There lay several in the case, God actually gave me a choice!
Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, I selected a ring with a diagonal run of diamonds across it. They ran in a swirl of gold on a trinity of gold streams.
The wedding band is the symbol of our marriage and our life together in God. Later, as I returned to my van, proud of my purchase, God spoke to me once again.
"I call it the River of My Spirit," he said.
The diamonds patterned an artistic flow diagonally crossing the top of the band like a river.
Eleven months later, she lost the new ring.
I mean it just completely disappeared on Thanksgiving evening. We searched the house Friday and all day Saturday. My wife searched, my visiting son and his wife searched, our grandchildren searched, all to no avail.
On Saturday while she was out shopping, I searched our bedroom three times, her dresser three times, the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, the bathrooms, all the places she frequented, three times. I convinced myself in disbelief, it was gone.
Saturday, in the darkness of night, I arose to pray. For three hours, I grieved for the loss of my wife’s beautiful “Spirit ring.” Never before had I groaned and “travailed” in prayer so much like an old time Pentecostal.
In the end, I knew what I must do.
I gave the loss to God, and left it with him. I accepted the faith to let go and “to turn my back on the problem.”
Sunday, my wife walked forward to the front of the church for prayer. Our pastor came to her in the sensitivity of God’s love and prayed with her, speaking in faith for the ring to be found.
As we left the church to drive home, my son’s wife called us on her cell phone to report that our granddaughters suddenly found the ring on the floor of their guest room. Our little grandson must have delivered it there after finding it in our bedroom on Mary's dresser.
The girls found the ring even before we arrived home from church!
I remembered the Bible story.
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not 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” (NIV LK 15:8-10).
(Story #35 in the series “100 Million Miracles.”)
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