I had been without a watch for over a month.
My “everyday” watch had expired of Old Age. In our Throwaway Society, it would have cost more to repair it than to buy a new one. I decided to do so… soon. In the meantime, I put on my “dress-up” watch. The expensive one I wear only on rare occasions.
Within 24 hours, it was gone.
Somehow, the band had broken. I noticed its absence within minutes. I knew it had to be in our house, the house next door, or the property in between. So I searched and searched… all to no avail.
How could a watch so completely disappear???
Two days ago, I bought a new “everyday” watch. A reliable watch by a trusted manufacturer. Functional and attractive. Medium-priced. Suitable for business and play.
Within 24 hours it was gone.
Somehow, the band had broken. I noticed its absence within minutes. I had been riding my bike. The side view mirror mounted on my handlebars had come loose. Again. I reached out with my hand to hold it in place… and saw my watchless wrist!
If that mirror hadn’t been loose…
As I turned to retrace my steps, I whispered to You: “Lord, please help me find that watch!”
I rode slowly, scanning the terrain with my eyes. I arrived at the only hill we had traversed. By virtue of the steep incline and the rough pavement, my pace slowed to a crawl….
… and there was the watch! Band broken, but ticking away!
What a picture, Lord!
How the difficulties of Life — the mountains we must inevitably climb — slow us down, almost to a crawl. How there, in the midst of our trials, we have time to see Treasures we would otherwise miss. How we can learn and grow in those hard places in ways that would not be possible anywhere else.
“Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
By Your Grace, Lord, I even found the tiny pin that had dislodged when my watch band broke. Within minutes, I had repaired it! And my Life Lessons?
Give thanks… always. Look for the Silver Lining… always. And don’t wear my watch again when I ride my bike! There are greater Treasures to look for along the path. Treasures of Life that are timeless!
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)