Monday, February 7, 2011

My ring.

In August 2009, I bought a wedding band from Kay Jewelers.
Weird for a single, college-age girl, right?

My wedding band

Psalm 61

I used to wear it on my left hand, until all my students started asking who I was married to. Well, I'm not married to anyone. So I switched it to my right hand.

Now here's the story...

I used to struggle a lot with my relationship with Christ. I put friends, boyfriends, even developing friendships in front of my time with my Savior.
In June 2009, I had my heart [semi] broken by an "almost" relationship. Even though the "almost" was there, the pain was real, although not as sharp as it could have been. After looking long and hard at why I was hurting so much, I saw that I was finding my identity in these relationships around me, particularly with guys.

So one day I heard a song my pastor from my old church wrote, called Psalm 61... and it said "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." (No, this is not the same "Lead me to the Rock"). I heard it and I started crying... not out of my pain, but because I realized that when my heart got overwhelmed by these emotions, I didn't turn to Christ like I should.. not only that, but Christ should be the only one controlling my heart and having His hand on it.

So I made a decision. I bought a wedding band, had it engraved "Psalm 61," and put it on to remind myself that my relationship with Christ comes first. I am in a relationship Christ above all else. Above some guy who I think is cute. Above my best friend. Even above my family. First and foremost, it is Christ.

The Holy Spirit has used this ring to bring me back to reality a few times. Praise the Lord.

Psalm 61

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. Of David.

61:1 Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I perform my vows day after day.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing your story and Psalm 61.



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