Have you ever lost something and thought you might never see it again? My husband gave me my wedding present a few months early, and I love it! The watch had crystals on it, so I could wear it to our wedding, and I love this photo that our photographer, Ryn Manby, captured of it:
After I got my teaching job, I was quickly sorting and gathering things in our crawl space, and my wedding watch disappeared from my wrist! I looked all through the house, and I even called the movie theater where I thought I might have lost it. I started coming to grips with the realization that I lost the wedding present from my groom, and I cried. I had this hunch that I would find it someday, but I stopped looking.
Stephen embraced me, and he said, “Maybe sometime I can replace it, but not for a while.” I came from a family of when you lost something, you didn’t get it replaced, so I just consigned myself to having lost the watch. I bought a cheap watch because I needed one for work.
After Thanksgiving, work had been pretty challenging because the students like to test new teachers a lot, and I picked up Stephen pretty tired. Stephen said, “I have something for you!” and he handed me a wrapped package.
As I opened it up, tears started washing my cheeks because Stephen had bought me a new wedding watch! His kindness and grace surprised and humbled me. I did not expect to receive a new gift, but I was so thankful!
Then a week later, I pulled out a necklace I hadn’t worn for months, and under that necklace was the first wedding watch!
So this experience reminds me how God works: He restores lost things (and people too) and doesn’t punish us for losing them—He just wants to lavish His love on us, if we will receive it.
Now I have TWO wedding watches, and they remind me of how patient, kind, and extravagant my husband is!