The lost rings

About a week into my vacation, I was in my married home at Kottayam. We had a family function and a couple of family events to attend. As the situation at home is precarious and it seems prudent to remove all valuables from our home in case of an unplanned evacuation, I brought a as much of my jewellery home that I could wear on my self. Included in this were three rings bought at different stages of my life in the past 15 years.

Added to my gold wedding band, I was wearing four rings on one ring finger.:)

On Sunday we had the family function after which there were some events that took a lot of our time. The time found me fingering the rings because they had gradually gotten tight over my finger, till I needed to remove at least two of them to give the finger breathing space.

I put them into the outside pocket of my handbag- with the hope of putting the rings on after the swelling of my fingers had reduced. Jet lag took over and I went into the land of Nod. I remember distinctly putting my hands into the handbag pocket and feeling the sharp edges of the rings. Reassured I went back to sleep leaving them there.

The next morning we drove to Kochi. Amidst the pouring rain, I ran my fingers down the pocket of the handbag. To my horror, both the rings were missing- absent- gone.

A 25th wedding anniversary ring is no small deal for people like me. It cost us a pretty penny plus it was a remembrance of hard times and how we came through them.

The other ring was my engagement ring. 27 years back when we set off on this journey, this was the ring that was put on my finger.

Both ” gone with the wind” so to say. I could not say a word to my husband knowing what would ensue- I had to find it on my own. I searched the car and my apartment at Kochi where I had been two days back( unlikely to be there, since I had removed the rings off my finger in Kottayam.

We returned to Kottayam and I kept searching for the lost rings- in the bedrooms, under mattresses, bed sheets, asking people who went in and out of our bedrooms- no one knew anything about it. Added to this were additional issues at home- I reached a stage of ” do not care less” though I wished the rings would come back.

Three days later I was again on the same car, travelling to another place. As a last resort I slipped my fingers through the seat of the car- it was an SUV with bucket seats. Wonder of wonders, I found my engagement ring. Unable to believe my luck, that no one else had found it or taken it, I decided to search the car thoroughly for the solitaire ring. When we could stop the car, the driver helped me remove the bucket seat and lo and behold, the solitaire sat there- alone in all her glory, unaware of the pain she had given her owner.

Both rings back and without a soul knowing about it, I sent a silent prayer to God thanking him for his great mercy.

25 thoughts on “The lost rings

  1. Timelesslady says:

    Susie, I’m so glad you found your rings. When I was first married my mother almost lost my engagement ring. I will have to email you the crazy story of how it happened. Have a blessed day. Kathy

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  2. Oh Susie!! My heart just sank when I started reading this. It puts a person in such a panic when you lose something that is valuable for money reasons and for sentimental reasons. I totally get not telling your husband. I have done the same when I have lost important things. And yes….when I find them I am so grateful I could just cry.
    So glad you found them. (I have done the same with rings when they get tight on my fingers and yes…..they have gone missing a few days also.)

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    1. I agree Faye- I hated not telling him but when I thought of how much it would worry him, I thought let me pray that Jesus helps me find those rings- I didn’t write about it but He did. I got a picture of Jesus sitting next to me on the bed and I just dropped my tired head on his shoulder and felt so comforted- after that I said- Lord, help me handle this- even if I don’t find the rings, help me and my family handle this. And again I prayed that you gave those rings to us, I give them back to you- do with them as you see fit. A great load lifted off my heart with that.
      The third day, I was in the same car we used the entire week, and I was just moved to look between the car seats- put my hands between the seats and the engagement ring came out- by now, I knew the solitaire was close behind and needed the car to stop to look. My husband had stepped out for something and only the driver and I were in the car- he helped me turn the seat over and there is was!!
      God is great!!
      He understood that we could not have dealt with so great a loss and he also taught us to be careful with things and also not to even think accusing thoughts about anyone without proof.

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  3. You have had a busy and exciting summer! I am glad you found your rings. I have lost mine several times and freak out until I find them. I only have 2 which matter to me. A good story: when we opened our cupcakerie years ago, I sold several rings to bring in some capital. They were from my mom but I kept all her recipes!

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  4. Susie – You have so much going on that not finding those rings would have just done you in for sure. How lucky you were to find them. We are always bustling around, flitting from one task or event to the next one, never catching our breath. Thank goodness God was looking out for you.

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      1. I am glad it has calmed down for you Susie, because if it hadn’t and you were here for school, you would have been distracted by family issues and it would keep your mind from concentrating on your studies.

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  5. Susie, I just read your story- Wow! God answered your prayer. Just by chance you put your hand down and then felt the ring. God led you. He answers your heart-cry. From now on, you can always know that God is with you and He answers your prayers. He loves you very much.
    By the way your rings are beautiful and so are you.

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