“Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?”
When my boss came to me and told me that I was able to work 10 hours of overtime every week for the entire summer that I was working…I was beyond stoked. You see, I had an engagement ring to buy, a honeymoon to pay for and to store up some cash for school books in the fall.
Fast forward 7 or so months later and I had purchased the engagement ring, booked the honeymoon and was getting ready to complete my Junior year of college. I was preparing to marry my high school sweetheart and was ecstatic beyond my wildest imagination.
The morning of our rehearsal I began packing for our week-long all-inclusive vacation in Mexico. I made sure I had packed my flip-flops, sunglasses, swimsuit and an extra pair of socks. All of these were important to pack, but it was then that I began to realize I couldn’t find my passport. I began to search around for it, but it was nowhere to be found. As I began to search my heart rate began to increase. I still remember as the minutes of searching turned into a couple of hours and by the time I had to make the dreaded phone call to my bride-to-be asking if she had my passport my heart was about to leap out of my chest.
My parents and I tore apart their entire house searching for my passport. There were a couple of times during our search that I had to stop and take a break because I was worrying myself sick. Literally. I went to the bathroom and threw up twice because I was so upset at ruining our perfect honeymoon.
Needless to say I’m pretty lucky my wife went through with the wedding. Whenever we share the story of our wedding with other people it is often ended with an exhale of “man, I don’t know how she went through with that.”
To this date my passport has never turned up and if anyone is wanting to donate the honeymoon trip to Mexico we missed out on…feel free 🙂
Have you ever read the Parable of the Lost Coin? Losing thing sucks. It really does. I’ve spent more time looking for misplaced papers, wallets, keys, and cell phones than I care to think about. Usually these items are insignificant material things that are important at the time, but in the end they don’t matter. There is no greater joy though than when we find these misplaced items. The knot in our stomach goes away and the weight is lifted off our shoulders.
In the same way, the angels rejoice when we realize that we can’t do it on our own. When we realize that no matter how hard we try, no matter how much money we give and no matter how much we promise…we’re incomplete. We need Him.
So let us celebrate together when we realize this!