Have You Ever Found Love Without Knowing It? One Word, And This Guy Did…


Two weeks after a hard break up, I had given up on love in general and all the fairy tales I used to dream about while growing up. I had also given up on God himself for allowing a lot of bad things to happen with me. My friends were trying to take me out every day so I didn’t drop into depression…

One night, I went out for dinner with a friend of mine. When we had finished eating, while heading back to the car, we passed by a vintage shop selling rings and bracelets and a bunch of weird things you can never imagine combined in one shop. An old man was sitting outside; apparently the owner, he had the bracelets and rings outside, plated with shining gold.

I approached the stand, started trying on different rings, until I found a big rectangular ring, I tried it and instantly felt that this is what I want.

I had been trying different things for almost 15 minute; once I put this ring into my finger, I knew that I only wanted this ring. It was not the prettiest nor the shiniest, it was simply my ring. I went straight to the old man, told him that I want to pay for it, didn’t even care how much it was. He asked me to give him the ring so he could wipe it with a certain je ne sais quoi substance so it shined more, and I agreed. As he cleaned the ring, I noticed that there was writing that which I hadn’t noticed before. I asked him what it said:

“LOVE,” he said smiling, as if he was able to see through me all the sadness I had inside. He continued: “I have been watching you; you’ve been roaming around for a while and eventually you chose love without knowing it.”

I cannot explain the feeling I encountered at that particular moment, how a simple incident can give back faith in Love and in God at the same time, little did I know that God does work in mysterious ways, and never lets us go even after we do…

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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