The story of my ring

I can’t show anyone my beautiful ring without telling the story of how God provided it…When Merritt visited over New Year’s, we talked seriously to my parents about getting married sooner than later. There was no question that we were meant for each other, it was just the timing. And, a big factor in the timing, was a place to live. But if we could get a drain field and build on his property…I was hopeful it might happen before the year was through.Merritt and I had just glanced at rings in November (well, it was more like him dragging me over to the jewelry display at Costco…I get embarrassed at nearly anything!). But a house seemed more important than a fancy ring, somehow. And we both wanted something unique, anyway–unlike what we were seeing under the jewelry display cases.

There was no more discussion of rings. I was more concerned about a drain field and a well.

But unbeknownst to me, as soon as Merritt got home in January, his dad got a call from a lady who wanted some alfalfa hay. Yes, they still had some left, his dad said.

“The only thing is, I don’t have any money,” the lady said. “I’d like to trade.”

Merritt’s dad asked, “Well, what do you have?”

“I have my husband’s aunt’s wedding ring set from 1950. Would you be at all interested?”

“Let me have you talk to my son!” answered Merritt’s dad in amazement. “He will be getting engaged soon.”

The lady was so surprised. She had no idea they even had a son who was single, let alone looking for an engagement ring for his girl. (And an antique one, at that, since he is an antique dealer! But nothing he had seen quite fit the bill…)

And that is how I found this beautiful diamond ring being slipped on my finger as Merritt asked me to marry him.

God’s faithfulness never ceases to amaze me…

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17 Comments

  1. The lady was an angel sent from heaven with that ring. It was created for the special little darling here on earth, its simply gorgeous.

  2. Gretchen,
    I love reading your site and the up dates you have been writing. You ring is beautiful and the story is awsome. I know you have heard that tons of times. But just a reminder God is wonderful.

  3. What a beautiful story Gretchen! God is truly amazing. Isnt it incredible to think that God hears every need, and knows every desire of our hearts? He is such an awesome God. I am in complete and total awe of Him….

  4. 馃槈 it looks like my mom’s ring, which is also sort of antique: a family heirloom… so special!

  5. Wow!! The ring is gorgeous and the story, wow! What an amazing story of God’s provision and omnipresence. How wonderful!!!!!

  6. WOW! Your ring is BEAUTIFUL!!! The story behind it is amazing too! It reminded me of how God provides for our needs before we even ask Him! I’m also reminded of the old hymn “God Moves in Mysterious Ways His wonders to preform”. God bless you Gretchen!

    ~Allison

  7. Wow! What an awesome story to one day tell your children! I love it!! It too, reminds me of God’s faithfulness…He sure has a sense of humor!

  8. What a beautiful ring, gretchen! And what an amazing story- that was so encouraging to me to hear how God’s hand was in the midst of it:-)

  9. Your ring is just beautiful Gretchen, and it is unique/prettier than many modern rings. That is such great a testimony to God’s provision…what a neat story you’ll have to tell for years to come. 馃檪

  10. What a beautiful ring! Even more beautiful is the fact that it will always remind you that God will supply all of your needs. =)

    May He continue to bless you!

  11. Beautiful story! It reminds me of Eric and Leslie Ludy! He was reminded of the prayers by George Mueller, and asked God to provide without telling anyone about it. Well, God provided providentally through his grace, and once again, God provides for our needs! Blessings abound through God’s faithfulness. Enjoy your time of preparation!

  12. Beautiful story! It reminds me of Eric and Leslie Ludy! He was reminded of the prayers by George Mueller, and asked God to provide without telling anyone about it. Well, God provided providentally through his grace, and once again, God provides for our needs! Blessings abound through God’s faithfulness. Enjoy your time of preparation!

  13. Beautiful story! It reminds me of Eric and Leslie Ludy! He was reminded of the prayers by George Mueller, and asked God to provide without telling anyone about it. Well, God provided providentally through his grace, and once again, God provides for our needs! Blessings abound through God’s faithfulness. Enjoy your time of preparation!