A Gracious Gift

As I was getting ready for bed on Thursday, I went to take off my earrings and realized one was missing. The earrings were a telkari pair from Turkey, and I was incredibly disappointed. I had been all over Seoul that day, including a museum 40 mins away. I had no idea when the earring had fallen off.

I messaged a friend whose house I had visited that evening, but she did not find it anywhere. I also emailed the museum in case someone had turned it into the lost and found. David offered that we could look on our street, but it was dark and the earring could have been anywhere.

I knew I shouldn’t have been upset over it; there are people sick and hungry and in danger. But still, I prayed and asked God that He might let me find it.

There was one more place to check. The next morning, I headed toward a neighborhood restaurant we ate dinner at the night before. As I walked, I kept my eyes on the streets, which I knew was a long shot in itself. Though Korea is generally clean, there’s always trash scattered on the roads.


Seoul street view


At the restaurant, I plugged my question into Google Translate and showed the lady at the counter, but she shook her head no.

I had resigned to the fact that it was gone.

And then, as I was walking across the street to the grocery store (when I wasn’t even looking anymore) a flash of silver caught my eye. It was an earring hook – MY earring hook! And not too far from from the hook was the other part of the earring! It was broken and scuffed and has been run over and stepped on, but it was mine and I had found it.


Lost earring... found!


On the many, winding streets of Seoul I had traveled the day before, I found my earring. What a gracious gift from Him! The night I lost the earring, I had been a part of a discussion about how we should live our lives with the expectation of gifts from our Heavenly Father. Oh me of little faith. Forgive me of my unbelief!

How much greater God rejoices when I return to Him with all my brokenness, dirtiness, scuffs, and sin.


Telkari Turkish earrings


And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” –Luke 15:8–10


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  • Reply Jerry Myhan

    Beautiful story Leah & a great spiritual application. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy so much keeping up with you & David through your emails. Would love to reconnect with you on one of your return visits to the USA. May God bless & continue to use you in His ministry. Dianne & Jerry Myhan

    January 31, 2016 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Linda Johnson

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me! It reminds me again of how God wants to bless and encourage us in our struggles! What a faith builder. God so wants to give and answer our prayers. But we first must ask! 

    Today is Sunday, we are off to church. It has been raining off and on since we have been here. Ray has been doing Skype interviews with people interested in YISS. It has been good.

    Blessings on your day!

    Love, Linda

    January 31, 2016 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Aunt Karen

    Hi Leah, how amazing is that! For these kind of earings I have started putting a small back on them as they can notoriously come out with the changing of a scarf without being detected. Love you.

    January 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Lorraine Benedict

    Can’t believe it Leah. I lost one of my earrings from Turkey as well. The silver with blue stone I bought for about 4 dollars from the street vendor. I have been praying about it. I will continue in prayer. I know what you mean about the value. It isn’t as important as healing from cancer or people in terrible situations but I like the earrings and the memories of our two weeks in Turkey. Will keep praying for the little things. Mom Benedict

    January 31, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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