Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (#Philippians 4:6 NIV)
I’ve spent the last 24 hours sulking, I had taken off my wedding ring and had misplaced it. This had been the first time in 18 years of wearing my ring that this had happened. I searched garbage cans, under beds, in every crumpled napkin to no avail. I truly had thought I’d lost it for good.
I pray daily and often throughout the day, but rarely are the prayers for me personally but for others. I prayed to God that I would find my ring. Last night I was sad that I could not place where I could have possibly left my ring. My husband says, “Don’t be so upset it’s just a ring”. But I wasn’t upset about the ring itself per se nor the value, but the sentiment, and what it represents to me and our marriage. A circle that represents eternity, made of platinum, a precious metal that is rare and desirable and diamonds, which are formed under great pressure. That’s what marriage is eternal, precious, rare and grows stronger under pressure. Yet both can be costly and extravagant. But than I think about how costly it was to obtain Gods Grace, losing His life to save me and you, His love everlasting and eternal. My lost ring, can’t compare!
I awoke this morning not stressed but still sad nonetheless, I was ok with it. God placed this verse in my heart,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (#Matthew 6:19-21 NIV)
Treasure, that’s what my ring is, a treasure. He reminded me that this ring that I had prayed to find was just a treasure that would not last, but to hold on to the true treasure that He has awaiting me in Heaven. My mind and heart was put at ease, I was ok! I was ready to count the ring as a loss. We as Christians are Gods jewels, His treasure. We are treasure to Christ, he paid for us with his blood, the ultimate sacrifice, setting us Christians apart for himself.
In my sons bed tonight, I found my ring under covers and pillows, not because I was looking for it. But it just appeared while fixing the bed (we had done this the day before too and nothing). You can say I was elated to find it. But I reminded myself that’s it’s just a treasure in this world that can be gone in a second, and that no gold,silver,platinum or diamonds can ever compare to the true treasure that awaits me above. And through prayers and petitions, God listens and answers those who are true and faithful! He taught me how my loss is ultimately His Gain! #thankyouJesus
How often do we place so much value on trinkets and objects in this world? Do you value your treasures more than you value your salvation or the death of Jesus. How will you use this to help you reevaluate what’s important and of worth in your life? I’d love for you to share with me and leave your comments below.