Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lost and found

Unbeknownst to me, a tiny box waited in the branches of the Christmas tree. One of those good-things-come-in-small-packages boxes. For me.


My favorite Christmas gift this year was in that box: a beautiful silver necklace with two charms. Knowing well my love for crosses, my husband bought me a lovely cross necklace. I oohhed and ahhed over it and immediately put it on, remarking that it looked almost like a tiny set of dog tags, proclaiming for all the world that I belong to Christ. I loved it.


And then, just a few days after Christmas, it disappeared.


Puzzled, I looked through my jewelry box. It wasn't there. I remembered what clothes I was wearing when I wore the necklace last, so I searched them, thinking it must have been snagged. It wasn't there. I searched the floor of my closet, thinking perhaps I had pulled off my sweater without removing the necklace and it might have gone flying. It wasn't there. Anxiously I searched the house. My car. It wasn't there. Panicked, I clawed through the dust in the vacuum canister. It wasn't there. Finally I inquired at Lost and Found at the grocery store, which was the only place I'd gone on the day the necklace disappeared. It wasn't there, either.


It wasn't anywhere. It was just gone.


I cried. Sobbed, really. And then I fretted for several days before finally working up the courage to tell my husband. As much as I hate to admit it, I was afraid that he would be angry at me--angry that I hadn't taken better care of his gift. I was scared that he would think me ungrateful and irresponsible. Although I've known him for so long, I doubted that he would understand. In my dismay and disappointment, I doubted him and his capacity for love and sympathy.


Then one day he asked, "Is something bothering you?" and I had to come clean. I cried while I confessed. He wasn't angry. He's not that kind of husband. He just took me in his arms and comforted me. He tenderly patted my back and reminded me that it might still turn up, that there was always hope.


I knew, though. I knew it was gone for good. I knew the situation was past redeeming.


And then, yesterday, I was doing some cleaning. You know the kind of cleaning that you put off for weeks but you know you need to accomplish and it nags at you until you finally just get it done? I finally got around to it. And as I was taking a bag of trash out to the rolling cart in the driveway, something silver caught my eye.




My necklace. There it was, lying on the concrete, miraculously untangled and unscratched. Just lying there, waiting.


It once was lost, but now it's found. And it's once again where it needs to be--clasped firmly around my neck, a silent but eloquent reminder of my identity.


I belong to the One who found me--the One who reminded me yesterday that nothing is past redeeming.


--Gratefully and humbly Unwrapped with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

29 comments:

Just a lass hiking with Jesus said...

Have you heard the song Unredeemed by Selah? Great song. God's great mercy and grace toward us, redeeming us... Thank you for posting this.

southerninspiration said...

Beautiful story and correlation, my friend.

Suzanne

Bonita said...

Beautiful story and analogy!

Erin said...

I love this. What a sweet reminder of His goodness.

Get Real Girl said...

Great story! So glad you found your beautiful necklace, too.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

So glad you found your necklace.

Lori said...

What a wonderful story and such a good ending! Just like mine - I'm so happy Christ found me too!

amanda said...

so glad you found your necklace and had a sweet reminder of His love for us.

stefanie said...

What a great story...I love happy endings!

Kellye said...

Ummm wow!!! I love this! I'm so in awe of this story that I can't even think of anything more intelligent to say.

Wow. Just wow!

I'm so glad you found that necklace! And praise Jesus for those of us that were found in Him.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful story and illustration! So very grateful you found it.

Dawn said...

i once lost a necklace so close to my heart... so i really know just how you feel. but a stranger found it and returned it to me. thank goodness. and God! i am so happy that your crosses are right where they belong :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Perfection. He knew just when you needed to find it!! :)

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

My goodness, that post has tears in my eyes. God truly cares about the details of our lives! Thanks for sharing this story!

Carmen said...

God is always there. Isn't He? Even watching over the smallest of details. I'm glad you found your necklace. :)

The Writer Chic said...

You told this story so beautifully. I'm so glad the Lord allowed you this gift...twice. ;)

The Scooper said...

Oh how I love the reminders from God that He is all about our everyday concerns. I'm so glad you found the necklace! It's beautiful...and now even more special.

As for the cleaning that was nagging you, it needs to scream a bit louder at my house...I just can't seem to make the time {or muster the energy} to do it. But maybe if I do I'll find a treasure. : )

mamamia said...

This was beautiful! So happy for you!

deb said...

{{hugs}}

I'm glad you found the necklace, but I am most moved by the love your husband has for you.

Terri said...

God is SO good! I am always amazed at how much HE loves us! Blessings!

Autumn Mist said...

Lovely! I'm so glad you found it. I lost my debit card recently and went through the same thing, eventually having to 'confess' to hubby. He helped me retrace my steps until I found it in the pages of my diary. Allelujah! I love a bit of lost and found. Just like me.

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Southern Gal said...

I am so glad you found it. Thank you for sharing this. It's such a horrible sinking feeling to lose something and such a joy to find it again!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Richella,

That was lovely.

Hugs,

Manuela

HeathahLee said...

I love this post! And that necklace! :)

I'm so glad you found it!

imoomie said...

Yay!!! What an awesome analogy!

The Nester said...

One of those posts that give me chills.

Mom of 2 Cuties said...

Sweet story. I'm happy it found it's place close to your giving heart once again. Enjoy your day!
Maureen

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

So sweet! Once again, I am humbled and touched by your testimony and the eloquent words you tell it with.

Love you
~Amanda

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