My Dramatic Search and Rescue Story

A few weeks ago when I went to visit my sister and nephews in ATL, we took a road trip to Naples, Florida for the wedding of our younger brother. On our way back home, it was my turn to drive and so to be comfy I took off all of my rings as my fingers get super fat when I’m driving and/or hot lol. During one of our pit-stops, I turned the car off and frantically stepped out in a hurry to get in a good stretch. Gripping my favorite ring in my palm, in one quick moment the ring slipped out of my hand and rolled deep into a lost corner of the car. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

As my sister changed my nephphoto 2 (1)ew in the backseat, I legit found myself on hands and knees in the parking lot of Hardee’s searching each crevice of the drivers seat that my fat fingers could reach in hopes of feeling my ring. After a good 30 minutes, and to no avail, we hopped back in and kept moving. By the time we got home it was after midnight and pitch black so I decided to try again in the morning. Later the next day, I went out and spent about an hour looking for that darn ring, literally cutting up my hands and fingers and eventually crying over this small, relatively cheap, piece of gold. Now let’s be clear this isn’t just any ring, it’s the one my best friend of 16 years and I have together (yes because we’re lame and yes best friends still do that lol) that has actually come to be my favorite piece of jewelry. So needless to say I was feeling REAL LOW that day lol. The day came for me to fly home and I still hadn’t found that ring and so I swallowed my tears and went on back to Baltimore, ringless and sad.

It’s been a good month since I parted ways with my ring and in the middle of my day yesterday, my sister randomly texted me a picture of her wearing my ring that eventually turned up. OMGGGG- Literally made my day lol. textmsgYou’re probably wondering why I’m sharing this with you, eh? Well because the very simple lesson learned from this is that the best things in life seem to turn up when we least expect it. I don’t know how many times I’ll have to re-learn this lesson from God, but time and time again I’ve been a first-hand witness that when we go looking for the things that we’ve lost (figuratively), most times we will turn up empty handed because some things are meant to be found in a later season. Did I mention that last week, my oldest ring lost it’s dangling charm while I was in NY, leaving me again with another void lol; and so there honestly couldn’t have been a better time for my favorite ring to turn up. What things (or people) have you been searching for in order to fill a void? Do you trust God enough to bring you the desires of your heart (or some of the things you’ve lost), in due season? Do you believe the things you are looking for are already in front of you and God is just waiting for you to stop looking? Remember I told yall my hands were cut up from searching so hard, well how many times have you gotten hurt in YOUR search process all because you were too stubborn to yield to God’s timing and just be patient? If we search for anything, it should be that of God’s heart. Matthew 6:33 encourages us to “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Are you searching for God the way you are for other things in this lifetime? I also really love Psalm 14:2, which says “The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.”

I think the other lesson learned is that we should NEVER ascribe so much affection and attachment to material things because at the end of the day those things are disposable. All the energy and emotion I wasted on a little golden ring could have easily been transferred to my nephews and sister at that time, but I was so caught up in my love for this item that those moments simply passed me by. My church member lost her 26 year old daughter to cancer a few weeks ago and it just solidified for me that THAT is the kind of loss to mourn, NOT a lost ring. In what ways have you unintentionally loved material things? Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The whole parable is linked for you to read because it is SO AWESOME.The best way to test whether or not your heart is pure and devoted to the love of God and free from idolatry and covetousness of material things is to think of your FAVORITE items (clothes, jewelry, shoes, electronics, etc.) and ask yourself if someone who needed that item more than you asked to have it, would you give it to them cheerfully and willingly? If that self reflection makes you squirm a little bit, you’ve got some work to do. I KNOW I have some work to do 😦

Well friends, until next week!

-ACC

photo (8)

About boldandfab

Where Being A Witness Meets Chic Sophistication! Where Every Word Has Profound Meaning. It's all us...ALL REAL! B & F.
This entry was posted in April Mondays. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to My Dramatic Search and Rescue Story

  1. todd richard carter says:

    VERY ENCOURAGING MESSAGE

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s