I invite you to read Marilyn’s post to encourage your heart.
A very interesting thing happened to me a few years ago. We had been having quite a bit of rain that spring and it was very muddy in my driveway when I returned home from an errand one afternoon. I stepped out of my car and started toward my house, trying to keep out of the worst of the mud. I had not taken more than a couple of steps from my car when a round shiny circle caught my eye.
I bent over to see what it was and to my surprise it was a ring. At first I thought it was some sort of little cheap pretend ring a child visiting us at some time or another had dropped. But when I took a second look I could hardly believe my eyes. The ring I held in my hand was a real silver and turquoise ring that belonged to our daughter. Our oldest son had given it to her as a gift when she was a teenager.
I remember that she had the ring on her hand in her Senior pictures which were taken in the fall and that by her graduation in the spring she had lost the ring. She looked and looked for it but never could find it. I was simply amazed that I now held that very same ring in my hand, albeit covered in dirt and grim. It had been hidden in that dirt in my front yard for many years. I immediately brought the ring into my kitchen and started cleaning it up. I first washed it with soap and water and afterward let it soak for a few minutes in jewelry cleaner. Then I got my silver polishing cloth and shined it up even more. I put it in a little ring box and carried it to my daughter the next day. She was so surprised and so pleased to see her ring that she had given up for lost many, many years ago.
As I thought about the ring and how long it had been lost, I began to think about how this applied to my spiritual life. There are people for whom I have prayed for many years and sometimes I feel like my prayers are doing no good. But I think the Lord must have let me find that ring to show me that I should never give up on people. We may have loved ones and friends that we think are beyond hope and are lost forever to the things of the Lord. But just like this ring, which we never expected to find, was unearthed by the rain that the Lord sent, our friends and family can easily be found by our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows just where they are and even where they will be years from now. They can’t hide from Him anymore than my daughter’s ring was hidden from Him.
Never give up! It may be that your prayers and your tears will soften the hard heart of your loved ones in much the same way that God sent the rain to soften the hardened soil of my front yard so that I could find the silver ring. (Psalm 126: 5-6 KJV They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him..)
Marilyn Harrell likes writing, in general, but especially when I can write about Jesus speaking to me through ordinary, everyday things which magnify His presence in my life. I want to live a Christ honoring life and am active in our church, work as a volunteer in a local crisis pregnancy center, lead group Bible studies, love to cook and read, and was a homeschool mom to our three children for sixteen years. My husband and I are in our retirement years now and enjoy doing many things together. Please connect with Marilyn at her blog: Walking in Truth