I recently lost a gold ring that my husband picked out and surprised me with several years ago. We were in Colorado for a family ski trip, and my ring size dropped about a quarter size because of the cold. The ring must have slipped off my finger during the day as I put on and took off my gloves.
We called different stores and retraced our steps, but I had a feeling that God was using my ring for His purposes. Usually, I’ll put my faith into God’s will to bless and prosper us, but on this occasion, I felt God call me to make a sacrifice. My ring was needed for a bigger purpose.
I sense there was a young lady in need. She was a college student in financial straits and my ring was just what she needed to know that God was looking out for her. I finally gave up looking for my ring and started praying for the vision of this young lady that God had given me instead. I prayed specifically that my ring would remind her that there is a God who is watching out for her and who loves her.
A week later, I lost another ring. This ring was a silver ring with my daughter’s birthstone on it. I was so frustrated and angry with myself. I’m usually a very good steward of my possessions. I have a keen awareness that I must be responsible for what I have or else God will not entrust me with more, and this truth encompasses more than just property. It includes things like jobs, relationships, influence, time, etc.
I looked all over my house and thought about where I might have left my ring, but I came up empty handed. I prayed again to God, expressing my frustration and wondering what He would tell me.
I felt Him say, “Alisa, the other ring I asked you to give up, but this ring is yours. Do you believe that I can find it for you?”
Although I had looked everywhere, I chose to put my faith in God’s will to find my ring. “Yes, God, I know You can lead me to that ring.” I instantly stopped fretting about it. God said He would find it for me, and I believed Him at His Word. I went back to my computer to finish some writing.
As I began writing, I felt like I needed to look at my wedding ring. I lifted my hand, and instead of seeing two rings (my engagement ring and wedding band), I saw three rings on my ring finger. The ring with my daughter’s birthstone was sandwhiched between my engagement ring and wedding band. Without realizing it, I had put all three rings on that morning.
I was overjoyed that my ring was found, but I knew God was teaching me something. I opened my heart to Him, and I felt Him say, “I am fully capable of finding anything you lose. But sometimes, I want to use your blessings to bless others. Just because you feel like you have lost something, doesn’t mean that I have lost it. I will continue to use what you lose for My Kingdom and eternal purposes.”
I realized that this life is full of loss. We may lose relationships, jobs, influence and things; but nothing is lost to God. He can bring those things back to us by faith or He will use those things in the lives of others. We simply need to trust that even though the blessing is no longer a part of our lives, God is still using all things for His glory and to bless His Children. We can trust God with everything.
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it” (Matthew 10.39 NLT).