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Lost wedding ring found
My husband and I were on our honeymoon on safari in South Africa, having a glorious time spotting the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and getting to know the other guests and staff around our small camp. After an early morning game drive, my husband took a shower in one of the spare tents, because our hot water had run out. About ten minutes after he returned to our tent, he realized he had left his wedding ring on a table outside the shower.
He immediately went back to retrieve it but returned upset. He had arrived at the other tent, only to find the cleaners tidying up and the ring gone. No one had seen it, but he remembered taking it off and putting it on the table. All sorts of scenarios were running through his mind, one of them being that one of the cleaners could have stolen the ring. My husband went and told the owner of the camp what had happened, only to be reassured that the staff members were good and honest people.
When my husband returned to our tent, I also reassured him that people were inherently good and honest and that nothing good could be taken from him. I began to pray. Although the ideas I’d just shared with my husband were comforting, I needed something more. So I dug deeper. “OK,” I prayed, “if man is truly honest and good, the way God made us, as it says in the first chapter of Genesis, then why does the ring appear to be lost, even taken?” The words “The ring is not lost” came to me. I pressed on: “How can the ring not be lost when we don’t know where it is?” Suddenly, I realized we weren’t actually looking for a physical ring, that the ring was an idea from God and represented spiritual qualities—love, protection, unselfishness, commitment, joy, etc.
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