The process for choosing an engagement ring can be both intimidating and exciting. You may be the one dreaming of your perfect ring. Or, maybe you’re the one buying that ring for someone else. Maybe you’ve already experienced the adventure of ring hunting. Regardless of your stance, my story to be told comes with a beautiful lesson.
When I was dating my (now) husband, I had my own ideas for what I wanted my perfect engagement ring to be. I always loved the idea of having three diamonds. One bigger diamond in the middle. Then, two smaller diamonds on either side of the middle one. I was not interested in the carat size, cut, or company for that matter. I was just in love with the style.
I came across some pictures in a magazine that resembled my favorite style. And I appointed my brother with the duty to some day share my favorite style with my partner if he ever asked.
Some time passed by, and of course my partner went to my brother to search for some ideas. After two years of dating, he proposed to me with a Hearts on Fire diamond ring. I remember him asking me ‘how much did I love this ring’. I said I’ve always wanted this style, and it was better than anything that I wanted!
Wait, style? What about the Hearts on Fire ring that I wanted? That is what I wanted, right? Well… not quite! I actually had NO idea what a Hearts on Fire diamond ring was.
My husband was crushed. I witnessed pure joy and pride flee from his body. After discussing his search for this perfect diamond ring, we discovered the root of the confusion. The pictures for inspiration that my brother sent him from the magazine were misinterpreted as me wanting that EXACT ring- from the Hearts on Fire collection.
It was no easy feat for my husband to find this particular ring. I would have been satisfied if he went to Kay Jewelers to buy my ring. And he would have done just that if they sold the Hearts on Fire diamond ring (that he thought I wanted). Instead, he searched high and low to find someone relatively local that sold the ring. He finally came across a small shop two hours away, and purchased MY ring.
His valiant effort did not go unappreciated. I truly had no idea what value I was receiving in this particular ring. But, I was impressed by his passion to please me and his pursuit of fulfilling a promise.
What a beautiful lesson we can learn from this passion and pursuit. The effort to seek the best regardless of distance or circumstances. In this same way, we should strive to please and pursue God! We can achieve this by seeking Him.
Jeremiah 29:13 encourages us with this- You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV). The good news is we don’t have to drive two
or more hours to seek God.
But ‘how do we seek Him’ you might ask. We must go to Him in worship and in prayer. We must ask Him to reveal Himself to us. We must practice, study, and follow His word.
Just as I did not understand the value of my perfect ring, we should not undermine the value of God who exudes true perfection.
My groom displayed passion and pursuit to please his future bride and to fulfill a promise. We, too, should strive for this same passion and pursuit by seeking God with all our heart.
“But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.”- Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)