I Lost my Wedding Ring

3/08/17 Devotional

Psalm 8:3-6

3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty. 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.

“If something has glory and honor, if it has a sense of dignity and worth, it should be sought after.”

passionate to pursue that which is lost.

The Psalmist reflects on the state in which man was created. He looked up to the heavens and wondered, “What am I worth? What is my value to God?” God replied, “You have tremendous value.” Through the heart of the psalmist, these words were penned, “That all humanity was give a sense of glory, honor, dignity and worth.”

If something has glory and honor, if it has a sense of dignity and worth, it should be sought after. If you had something of great prize and it was lost, holding a sense of dignity and worth or value, you would search after it. I can remember losing my wedding ring a few times. It doesn’t happen often because I don’t take it off. Wedding rings, obviously they’re a symbol of God’s love, a symbol of the love that a wife has for a husband or a husband has for a wife. Laurie and my wedding rings, I think are particularly special because we designed the jewelry we wear. I remember going through the process and fine tuning the mold that would become my wife’s ring, the placement of the diamonds. One step after another, the jeweler forged the metal, it became hard and set to form. The ring was polished and  a very rare beauty came to life as the diamonds were set.  A valuable piece of jewelry was forged that day.  Not because of the cost os diamonds, not because of the precious metals, but because of all the work that went into constructing it. Value I place in that item goes beyond the physical elements. There’s a long song love story behind the rings that Laurie and I wear on our hands. Our rings are so great in value that, if lost, we would feverously search for them.

My son has a habit, when I take my ring off and set it down to shave or to shower, he’ll run off with it because he knows we value the ring. He’ll run off and he’s been known to drop things in different places and we never see them again. He, one day, dropped the ring in the register for heating and air. I knew he had it, but I just couldn’t figure out where he placed the ring. Nash remained silent because he knew he was in trouble. He didn’t want to say too much, but he knew he had to give up a little bit of information, so he said, “It’s in your room somewhere.” Those few details were the only words I could get from my curious little guy. I’m looking around, on my hands and knees, trying to find the ring, a piece of jewelry that is so very valuable to Laurie and I. Finally I asked him, “Nash, did you hide my ring in a secret place?” Smiling he responded, “Yeah, I hid it.” With the certainty of finding it, I pressed him a little further, “Where is it at?” and he finally pulled off the register and showed me where he had hid the ring. Nash pulled it out, everything’s fine. I thought for a moment, the ring itself might be worth a couple of hundred dollars. It’s not incredibly valuable,  not tens of thousands of dollars, but what it means to me, in searching for that ring, could never be replaced. If replace by a new ring, it would still always be second best. Laurie could go to the jeweler and have a new one carved out, meticulously go over the details to make it look everything like the first ring, but it would never have the same sense of value; it would always be second best.

In our lives, we forget that God places that same sense of value on us. You as a human person, you as someone who if you have come to the family of Christ, was once lost and is now found. There was a point in time where God was searching heaven and earth to find you. There was a point in time where the Spirit of God was calling and drawing your heart to him. Yet we fail to realize the same sense of passion doesn’t die when we are found, but it should amp up because we know that there are others who are lost and without him. There should be a sense inside of each of us, as we draw closer to the character and nature of God, that is passionate to pursue that which is lost because it has tremendous value.