Dear Ones –
Today’s post will find you reading a story that is more than a story written by my mother-in-law. I asked her to write it down a while back because I knew it was a story that had the potential to touch your heart and draw you closer to the One who loves you more than you can imagine. So, grab a steaming cup of tea, pull your favorite cozy blanket around your toes and settle in to be loved.
Within the core of every human being is a deep longing of knowing that they are “known”, truly loved and have worth.
My story, as coming from a very large family of 8 children, 2nd oldest, was one of “assumably” knowing you were loved, but never hearing it. As an adult, I was on a deeper quest to fill that deeper hole in my heart.
After becoming a Christian, that yearning kept growing and growing, as I was empty, hurting, and longing for a real Revelation of knowing that “SOMEONE” really knew “ME”, and loved “ME” and that I was seen as precious.
Little did I know that My Heavenly Daddy would use something as little as a ring to turn on the light into the dark and hurting place in my heart.
My husband (currently of 39 years) had given me a “pre-engagement” ring back in 1971. They called them Lindy Stars in those days, a very striking cornflower blue, marquis stone with a little diamond on each side, very simple, but beautiful. The star in it when held in the sunlight, was brilliant! It was a treasure to me and I would soon come to find out why I so treasured THAT ring.
Fast forward a number of years and 3 sons later, still having the ring in my possession, wearing it off and on, until “the day” of discovering it was gone, Instant panic set in and the hunt for finding my ring began to consume me. I looked everywhere…and I mean everywhere. Followed by endless questioning of my husband and boys – “Have you seen it?” “Can you remember the last time you did see it?” “Please, please help me find it.” I can remember, like it was yesterday one time, of sitting in my attic, after thoroughly searching for, I don’t know, the umpteenth time, alone and sobbing, begging the Lord to show me where my ring was. “If it’s gone forever, please just let me know in some way and I’ll let it go”, but at the same time not wanting to let go and knowing that He knew right where it was, because He is ALL KNOWING, and nothing is hidden from Him.
We had been going to the same church for a number of years and it was April of 1999. We had a speaker in from England, whose sole message was on God’s Father Heart and His love. I remember the words I was hearing touched me so deeply and moved me to just even thinking the thought, “Oh God, it would be the ultimate show of Your love for me if You would bring my ring back to me.”
Also, at this same time, I was in a women’s Bible Study and the second to last lesson , we had to tell of an experience where someone had tried to give you a gift, and you had a hard time receiving it. When it was my turn to share, I began to open up and tell the story of my ring, what it looked like, how it was lost and how the previous summer, it being our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband had heard through my mom, who had seen another Lindy Star ring at an antique store, had borrowed the money to purchase it (having just lost his job). When he brought that little package to me, I was inwardly hoping that he had found “the ring” and had kept it for just this occasion, but my heart sank, as I opened it and found it not to be my treasured ring. To hide my disappointment, despite his sweet gesture was very hard.
While listening to my experience and description, our church secretary was stunned, thinking, “I have had Jean’s ring in my desk drawer for years and never knew who it belonged to, until now.” Needless to say, she contacted all the ladies, and planned “the surprise” for me putting the ring in one of those big plastic Easter eggs filled with the grass and they were to give it to me at the end of the last study which happened to be on Good Friday. Now as I’m writing this, tears in my eyes, thinking how awesome the timing of a loving Heavenly Daddy who gave His all, His only Son, Jesus, to show the whole world, all of mankind just that…HOW MUCH HE LOVES!
Well, needless to say, when I opened that egg, I could scarce believe what I was seeing, sobbing in utter joy in TRULY KNOWING that my Daddy in Heaven who created me to know Him, intimately knows my every thought, and holds every tear I’ve cried in His loving hands, knows what brings me joy, makes me sad, knows every single detail about ME had demonstrated that Awesome, precious love for me, and from His Holy Heaven also hears every uttered and un-uttered thought, cry and hurt of every person, and longs desperately for all of mankind to know that life-changing Powerful Love!
And I pray that Jesus will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you, as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and UNDERSTAND as all of God’s children should, how long, how wide, how DEEP and how HIGH His love really is, and to experience this love for yourselves! Ephesians 3:17
Thank “Mom” for sharing your story of being touched by His love. My prayer today is that it encourages my readers that there is a touch of His love waiting for each of them. Dear Ones, if you have been waiting and praying for something oh-so-dear to you, do not lose heart. He knows you and has GREAT LOVE in store for you and His timing is perfect. You are not forgotten and you are not alone. Feel free to leave a comment or question here and I will pass them on to my MIL.
Miraculously Blessed –