Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Satisfaction of Small Servings [A Guest Post by Sheila Seiler Lagrand]

Today I'm excited to have Sheila Seiler Lagrand, Ph.D., wife, mother and grand mother. Sheila is a contributing writer at the Bibledude's Place where I'm also a contributor. She blogs frequently at Godspotting with Sheila.

[Image by Rayani Melo]

2006 was a horrible, rotten year. As the holidays rolled around, I was relieved to be leaving that year behind me. For Christmas, the man I later married gave me a new jewelry box, a lovely replacement for the collection of plastic compartmented trays I’d been using to keep my treasures.
I sat on the floor and transferred my baubles from their makeshift storage containers into the beautiful wooden box, fitted with proper drawers, a velvet lining, and rolls to hold rings. It felt peaceful, neatly arranging my things at the end of this year that had brought so much upheaval and displacement. Rich watched me. I knew the look on his face: satisfaction that his gift had brought me joy.
Then I burst into tears. “What’s wrong?” he asked me, with that panicky voice men get when women start to cry.
I held up a small, thin, worn gold band. “This,” I blubbered, unable to push more words through my sobs. He came to me, wrapped his strong arms around me, gently pressed my head to his shoulder. I cried until I’d used up all my tears.
Then I explained. “This was my grandma’s wedding ring,” I began. “’Pa gave it to me after she died.” I took a deep breath, reached for a tissue, blew my nose. “When my cousin got married—Marcie, the one who died—I gave it to her to use. I never saw it again.
“I have no idea how it got back into my jewelry collection. I was sure it had been sold.”
My cousin, my beautiful, precious, cousin, the youngest of us all, had died of a drug overdose. And junkies don’t keep gold rings. They sell them.
They sell everything.
Since that Christmas, I’ve struggled to remember the occasion when that ring was returned to me. My conclusion is that it wasn’t.  I am convicted:
The ring’s reappearance is miraculous.
It was revealed to me at bottom of a long, rocky, downhill slide—just when I needed to see that beauty could be restored, that things (people?) that appeared forever lost might be recovered.
Maybe God doesn’t part the Red Sea any more, but He still works miracles.
I should know. I have one in my jewelry box.

"For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,  God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will."

Hebrews 2:1-4 (NASB)


  1. Oh my word, Sheila! Giant God bumps here!

    (I wonder if this means my long-lost wedding set might someday reappear.)

  2. We often stumble onto God's most simple, beautiful treasures -- those things we once thought gone

  3. Yes! It amazes me. I think He smiles when we get so excited over our discoveries.

  4. HUGE Godbumps. Lovely story, Sheila. Beauty from ashes indeed.

  5. Isn't it something, Diana? I am wearing that ring now during my jewelry fast for Lent. It causes me wonder when I see it.

  6. I believe in Miracles for I have seen some, and been the receiver also. God is still in the miracle making business and He has not changed - - only we change. Your Grandmother's ring was such a blessed miracle and I must agree with you that an angel brought it to you and knew just where to tuck it away so you could find it at just the right happy moment.

  7. How precious. You didn't need that ring 2 years earlier. You needed that ring at the end of 2006 when it would mean so much more and bring so much more pleasure.

    God is so good.

  8. "God is still in the miracle making business and He has not changed - - only we change" I love this! so true! God is still full time in the miracle business and Sheila's ring finding was indeed one. Thanks Hazel moon for the insight :)

  9. Beautiful story of redemption Sheila and God's love over you. I wrote about the beauty of grace today too. Always love your stories.

  10. You can say that again Shelly, Sheila's story writing is awesome! and thanks for stopping by :)

  11. Aww, thank you, Ayomide, for your kind words.

  12. God-bumps here, Sheila, over God's love and comfort for you when you needed it...thanks for sharing :)

  13. Thank you. I never don't need His love and comfort....

  14. A BEAUTIFUL God-incidence story. We have at least two stories in the link-up this week about lost rings ,found again. I love it!

  15. I saw Michelle's story. Isn't that something? :)

  16. Waoh! And Jennifer from 'Getting down with Jesus' stops over here. Pure Awesomeness! Thanks for doing what you do and inspiring with every word. Your roots go deep! Amen :)

  17. Oh Sheila, I just read this and I thank you for sharing such a wondrous story. Again and again, let us remind each other of the GOD moments. GOD has graciously given so much and remembering helps get through the hard times. He is ever faithful.

  18. Connie, thank you! I'm not sure if it's my obligation or my privilege to share stories like this, but in either case I'm honored. And humbled.



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