Devotion: Do you keep the ring in the box?

My wonderful grandmother passed away last month. She was 92 and had Alzheimer’s disease. I was surprised by how emotional I was at the funeral. I do recognize the blessing of a long life well lived but can never ignore that when she left this earth for glorious heaven, our hearts still hurt. It was a time of rejoicing for her peace and a sorrow for our loss. We will always have her amazing legacy of a wife, mother, and grandmother that truly emulated Proverbs chapter 31 in the Bible that I shared at her funeral.

When my mom and dad got back in town after the funeral, my mom presented me with a white box. She said “this is your Grandma’s wedding ring and I want you to have it. As the only daughter in the family, dad gave it to me and eventually it would come to you but I’d like the joy of watching you wear it now.” I was wrought with a few snap emotions like guilt that I shouldn’t have it so soon…this special symbol of a 72 year marriage.  I thought how do I keep it safe, do I dare wear it? I hugged my mom for this gift while choking back tears and took it home. I put the box in the drawer for safe keeping. I didn’t want anything to happen to it. From time to time I would take the ring out look and admire it and put it right back.

Similar to how I treated the ring is how we treat the talents and gifts God has given us. We use them briefly from time to time but the minute God challenges us and pushes us to go further, do more, we hide them away in a box of fear and uncertainty. Don’t keep your “ring in the box”.

Jesus told a parable of talents, in Matthew 25 verses 14-30. In this parable, three servants received different amounts of gold from their master. The first man received five bags and he put his money to work and gained five more bags. The second man received two bags of gold and gained two more. The man who had received one bag went and dug a hole in the ground and hid is master’s money to keep it safe. The master told the first two men – well done good and faithful servants and put them in charge of many things. The one who cautiously buried the money for safe keeping was scolded for being lazy and had his gold taken from him. The scripture goes on to say: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

Do you have your gifts and talents buried deep or hidden in a box? Better check your drawers!  God will continue to bless you with more when you are brave enough to use what He has already given you.  I’ve chosen to wear the ring.

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