It was one of those super-mom kind of days. Mini-van packed with groceries, birthday gifts and baby shower gifts for various people, quickly yet carefully selected. We live about an hour and 15 minutes from any sort of mall, so I had planned my day in such a way that I could get all of my treasure hunting accomplished in time get home to greet my sweetie as he got off the bus.
Even in this rush on such a busy day, I decided to wear my gorgeous new earrings I had gotten as a gift (via gift card!) on my outing. Nothing totally special about my new earrings from a jeweler’s perspective…they cost about as much as a small latte, but they were just so pretty and I really enjoyed them. It wasn’t until I got home from Wednesday night church that night when I realized my left earlobe was bare and my faux bling was gone!
I had checked everywhere I knew to check, but still came up empty handed. I’ll admit, the dull ache of disappointment swept over me as I began to accept the loss of the sparkly twin. My attempts to self-talk my way into proper perspective–“this was something small and replaceable…don’t feel too bad” temporarily eased the ache, but I couldn’t shake the frustration towards myself that I had lost a gift. Even that morning I tried to be so responsible and made sure to secure the earring so that WOULDN’T happen, but despite all of my efforts it still went missing. I went from feeling like super-mom to a super-idiot. Grrrr.
A few days later, my husband gave me a call from his office at the church and said, “I found your earring honey!” At that moment, it was to me as though God gave me those earrings. The gift went from something so sweet and ordinary to a gift right from the hand of God. I knew He saw me that day and used the Hubs to be the conduit of His love and grace to me.
There are many days that doesn’t happen just this way. Things get lost and never found sometimes, but even when they don’t, God still sees. He cares when we hurt. He is moved with compassion, and in all of those moments He gives us the gift of Himself. And sometimes…He gives us earrings.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Peace & Giggles,