We cling to what we value. We mourn when what we value is lost. We get elated when what was lost is found.
I was aghast to discover that I had accidentally dropped one of my beloved diamond-studded earring yesterday. I had absolutely no clue or recollection when or where it could have dropped…I only knew it bore much sentimental value as it was one of the four ‘dowry’ items David bought me for our wedding…My heart was downcast as I retraced my footsteps in desperate bids to recover the lost earring…I knew the odds were stacked against me….true enough, the search yielded nothing.
When I revealed to David about the loss, instead of reprimanding me for being careless, he was extra loving. Even Dana could sense my sadness and offered words of comfort, telling me ‘it’s ok Mommy, Daddy and I would buy you another pair on your birthday…”. Together as a family, we made a petition to God to help me find the lost earring but I had little faith that it would be found.
Today I went to work without wearing any earring…as an act of mourning for the loss of my favourite pair…I dashed from one meeting to another, ensuring deadlines are met and liabilities discharged, missing my lunch altogether. After a long-drawn meeting which ended at 4pm, a colleague walked over to check on the status of my missing earring search. Just as the last word of my dejected reply, ‘I’ve lost it for-ever…’ rolled off my tongue, a fellow colleague in the next cubicle overheard our conversation and told me she had seen a silver coloured earring on the sink in the public toilet the day before! But she wasn’t sure if it was still there as she last seen it around noon yesterday, more than 28 hours ago…and countless people would have used the washroom…
Without any delay, I rushed to the toilet and behold, there lies my beloved earring!! Perched precariously at the side of the sink, untouched, waiting for its rightful owner to reclaim it! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was overjoyed and rushed back to my colleagues who encircled me and rejoiced with me. It was nothing short of a modern-day miracle which lifted everyone’s moods.
As I recounted this incredible incident to David and Dana over dinner, I can’t help but draw parallels with The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14):
– If losing a piece of accessory can cause me grief and anxiety, how much more God grieves when we turn away or stray from Him…
– If recovering an earring can bring me (and my family, my colleagues) so much joy, then how much more the whole Heaven rejoices when one sinner repents and returns to God’s fold.
Another teachable moment which I seized to share with Dana is that God is concerned even with the tiniest, most insignificant aspects of our life – when we think nobody cares, God cares…God hears even our unspoken prayers and He looks after the smallest details of our life…for nothing escapes His watchful gaze and His amazing love; I was faithless but He proved faithful…
I am so thankful that God made the ‘parable’ come alive through Mommy’s ‘lost’ earring…we want Dana to grow up experiencing tangible moments of God being real and this was such a moment.
|The earring that was lost, but now is found…To God be the Glory.|