I was switching laundry, tossing one handful after another from the washer into the dryer, when I felt a tug and then a funny feeling on my finger. And in the same moment I heard the distinctive sound of metal hitting the floor. Immediately I let go of the laundry to look at my now naked finger.
With a sinking feeling I realize, oh no my anniversary ring is missing. Immediately I get down on the cement floor trying to see under the washer and dryer. Impossible. I can't see anything. It is too dark under there.
Fearing that I might kick the ring without seeing it, I am hesitant to move from the spot where I am standing. Yelling to my girls upstairs in the kitchen I hope someone will hear me. After repeatedly calling to the girls, I finally get an answer. I tell them I need a flashlight and to get daddy, I need him.
Afraid that it wasn't under the washer or dryer my mind goes blank. I am standing with no idea of what to do. I start to turn towards the stairs waiting for my hubby, hoping he can do something to make this situation all better, and there it is. My ring.
With the speed of a super hero I pick up my ring and put it back where it belongs. I give another shout up to my girls and tell them never mind I don't need anything. Now, this is a happy ending to what could have been a very upsetting occurrence. Except for one big problem. I never let God in on it.
There was no “oh no, help me God”. No moment spent in prayer for help or guidance. Nope, just immediately racing in to handle it my way. Shout for a flashlight, shout for the husband as if that is the answer to all.
This was not the way to handle anything. I am ashamed to say that I handled this all wrong. And yet I am sure that God showed me mercy, because there is no way my ring should have been in that spot.
But praise God, it was, by His grace. How great is my God that He is in the biggest and the littlest moments of my life.
My ever present help in times of trouble.
Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. [King James version]