I picked up this ring today from the jewellers. I had left it there some time ago to get enlarged to fit my finger.
My son Isaac was home from Canada last month for a visit. He left Ireland in July 2014 to work in Canada. He not only found work there but also romance.
Earlier this year Isaac travelled with Sam Emerson on a mission to Kenya. My husband connected Cloverdale Church with a pastor in Kenya that educates and cares for orphans. The church continue to support this work. So my son from Ireland goes to Kenya via Canada to meet a pastor his dad met many years ago.
Isaac and Sam had some time to kill while they waited for their flight out of Kenya. They went downtown Nairobi. They enjoyed the colourful culture of this country so far away from Canada or Ireland. Isaac’s dad travels to the nations, so Isaac was comfortable seeing a new nation.
Isaac found a silver ring with jewels on it, in a shop or market place, I don’t know which. He counted the number of jewels. There were sixteen, the number of children in his family plus dad and mum. It reminded him of his family. He purchased the ring and kept it safe.
Isaac presented it to me when he returned home for a visit. I was touched when he told me how he came by the ring.
Brendan often says, “God knows where I live.”
That day God knew where Isaac was. He picked up a piece of jewellry in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a street in Kenya. It reminded him of home. He is one of those sixteen stones on the ring. I will wear this ring.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.
Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “you will wear them all as jewels;
you will put them on, like a bride. (Isaiah 49:15-18 NIV)