There is a reason God tells us not to be conformed to this world. It’s because this world assigns value to the things that don’t really matter, while overlooking the things that truly do. Oftentimes people trade the eternal treasures that await in Heaven for the temporary treasures here on earth. And it’s precisely this mindset that has people judging this bride’s beloved wedding ring as being too small.
Rachel and her husband Credit: Facebook / Rachel Pedersen
The love story of Rachel and her husband is like something from a movie. He was a window washer. She was a single mom. They met one night at a diner and it was love at first sight. And soon, they decided to elope.
Rachel was perfectly fine without a ring. But the love of her life drained his bank account, surprising her with a beautiful token of his affection — the ring she still wears and cherishes today, years after saying “I do.”
Sadly, those who’ve conformed to the world’s view of “bigger is better” have missed the point. But Rachel posted the perfect response on her Facebook page for all those wondering when she’d be trading in her original ring for “bigger, better bling.”
In her post, Rachel says:
“Yes, I know that my wedding ring is small.
Friends and family often ask me when I’m going to have it ‘upgraded’…. After all, it doesn’t represent the level of success we are achieving.
I’ve even had one person say ‘you could wear a bigger ring for important events, so people don’t think you’re not successful.’
Wait a minute. . .
Since when did the size of someone’s ring become an indication of success?!
For me, the ring is SO much more.
My ring symbolizes a whirlwind, storybook, ‘make you sick’ love story…. It reminds me of how my husband and I met and fell at in love in one night at a Perkin’s diner.
He worked as a window washer, and I was a single mother.
One short week later, and we professed our love to one another, him leading the conversation.
We couldn’t stop dreaming of our future, so excited to have a baby, buy a house, and fall asleep together every night.
We couldn’t wait for the future. So we didn’t.
13 days after meeting, we eloped. I didn’t even THINK about a ring until my husband surprised me before the ceremony. He drained his savings to gift me with a small token of his love.
I say small, only because it pales in comparison with how big his love is, even now, after years of marriage.
That, my friends, is success to me.”
Rachel’s story is reminiscent of one from the Bible about the Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44). Jesus and His disciples sat and watched as crowds came to put their offerings into the temple treasury. While many rich people dropped in large amounts, it was the widow who put in only two small, copper coins that caught his eye.
“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
Like this widow’s offering, Rachel’s “small” ring is far more valuable than the biggest, most expensive diamond out there. It’s worth doesn’t come from the size or the price tag. It comes from the love the ring represents. And there is nothing more valuable in this world than true, selfless love!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13