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Faith and the missing diamond

One Sunday afternoon, when I came home from church, I looked down at my wedding ring and noticed my diamond was missing.

My heart sunk as I stared at the ugly hole.

I was standing in the kitchen, near the trash at the time, so I looked through it.

No diamond.

I was about to search the house from top to bottom when a thought stopped me. Could it have been missing for awhile and I just hadn’t noticed?

I had just returned from a trip to Nebraska the day before. The missing gem could be anywhere from Nebraska to Pennsylvania, so I decided to not drive myself crazy looking for it. Finding it was beyond my ability. God could help me, but I wondered if He would.

At evening service, I requested prayer for my missing diamond.

The pastor’s wife, sitting directly in front of me, turned around, smiled and said, “I’m sure God will help you find it.”

“The same thing happened to me,” the song leader said. “I lost my diamond, prayed and found it one morning while making my bed.”

My hope increased a little, but I wasn’t entirely convinced.

During the week, I kept an eye out for the shiny stone.

Whenever I began to despair of ever finding it, I reminded myself that it was the Lord I was putting my trust in, not myself. “You know where it is, Lord,” I prayed. “Please, show me.”

The next Sunday morning, I arrived at church early, as I often did as the janitor, in case there were some last-minute things to take care of before anyone arrived.

This particular morning, I noticed a lot of lint and tiny bits of paper on the pews. So, while I waited for people to show up, I went from row to row picking lint off the seats.

When I got to the row where my pastor’s wife sat, I picked up something hard. I took a good look at it. It was my diamond. When she had confidently announced that I’d find my diamond, she was probably sitting on it.

And that’s how it is so often with our prayers: We ask God for something and begin to wonder if He hears us and, all the while, His answer is closer than we think.

Whether it’s a lost diamond, financial problems or a complex decision to make, I cling to Proverbs 3:5, 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths,” and Psalm 145:18, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

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