What Do You Still Have After 30 Years?

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. —Proverbs 18:22

About ten years ago, a missionary friend of mine came home on furlough, and we met to debrief at a coffee shop. As he was adjusting to the American culture once again, he commented about how everyone was using a cell phone compared to a much lower percentage of people only two years prior. Today, everyone is using a smartphone.

I’m in the same boat. That is, I have my cell phone (make that smart phone) with me all the time. I use it to take pictures, videos, and notes. It’s my GPS and calculator. I use it to check the news, weather, traffic, and stock prices. It holds my music, audiobooks, Evernotes, contacts, calendar, credit cards, and Bible. I text, post, comment, email, and yes…I even make phone calls. The point is this: I have it with me all the time.

I felt a real nervous anxiety the two times it was literally lost for an hour or more (one time in the Philippines and the other at the Charlotte airport). For some reason, it doesn’t feel quite right on the extremely rare occasion that I leave home without it. I seriously consider whether I need to go back and get it—even when on a short errand.

I bet you can relate. But here’s my question. Is there anything else you own that you’ve had with you 24/7/365 for one, two, or possible three or more decades? Do you own any other object that you just can’t stand the thought of losing for an hour, a day, or God-forbid a whole week? An experience like that would produce a nagging feeling and panic that you simply must avoid.

There is for me. I’m hoping, even thinking, that a good number of you could also say, “Yes!” I want to make you rack your brains for a little longer before I spill the beans. Come on. Think. What is it? Frisk yourself right now. It’s on your body as you read. I’m not talking about a scar, tattoo, watch, or eye-glasses. Hopefully it’s
not braces (no one should have to wear them for much more than two years). Did you figure it out yet? It’s as obvious as the fingers on your hand.

I’m talking about your wedding ring. I know some guys have to take theirs off for safety reasons at work. That hasn’t been my situation. Rachael placed a gold band on my left ring-finger in 1986, and I didn’t take it off for twenty-five years. Then on our silver anniversary, much to my delight, she gave me a new gold ring. And we just celebrated thirty years of wedded bliss this last December.

I simply must share one quick story about losing my wedding ring. When Rachael and I had been married for less than a year, we were at her parents helping around the house and happened to make the bed for her younger brother. A few hours later, I noticed that my ring wasn’t on my finger. We started searching the house, even looking under my brother-in- law’s mattress. After a long hour of nothing, we sat down and stared into space. I was super bummed. We tried one more time searching high and low, when I decided to look under that bed one more time. This time I lifted the top mattress all the way up. Sure enough, it was smack-dab in the middle of the box frame. Oh, what a relief! I was so happy. I felt like the lady in the Bible who searched the house for that lost coin.

The weird thing about wedding rings is that I don’t touch, fondle, scroll, or talk to it the same way I do a cell phone. Or is that actually the weird thing about phones? Anyway, my wedding ring is so much a part of me that it is easy to miss, overlook, or forget. If you are married, wear your wedding ring with pride. Get it cleaned, and show it off. But most of all, remember that it represents the union with your spouse until death do you part.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

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© 2016 Davis Carman

Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of
Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of three
illustrated children’s books designed to instill a biblical worldview. Good Morning,
God is based on Deuteronomy 6, and A Light for My Path is an ABC book based
on Psalm 119. His latest, In the Beginning, is based on the Creation account in
Genesis. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!

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