A few years ago, my sister Tatum lived in Ghana as a missionary. So in what is considered the most surprising decision my father has ever made, we went to visit her for two weeks.
My only request was that I wanted a souvenir that spoke to me about Ghana and about God. And though it was my first choice, Ghana doesn’t do airbrushed t-shirts or license plates. [I know, I was disappointed too.]
So I bought a ring in Ghana. Adinrka symbols are found throughout the Ghanaian culture, so I researched the symbols and found the exact one. The one that would always point me to God and remind me of Ghana. In a small jewelry store that looked and smelled of 1945, I found that symbol on a silver ring.
It is the symbol of hope. Literally translated, it means, “God, there is something in the heavens, let it reach me.” Another translation says it is meant to remind us that God is always in a place where He can hear us when we pray.
The exact symbol is symmetrical. But my ring, the one that travels around on my left ring finger for now, is a little lopsided. I like that. I think there is some real truth to the idea that God is still sturdy, even when my faith, and hope, are lopsided.
I don’t know if you are single or not, but I bet you can remember the thoughts, the heartache, the worry, the concern, the loss of, well…. hope. As a single girl myself, it’s easy to lose sight of hope under the pile of bridesmaid dresses and unfulfilled dreams.
[And I know hope is about more than getting married. But just go with me on this one—it takes a serious amount of hope to be single and 29 and not absolutely reek of bitterness.]
But on that hot December day, on the other side of the world, standing in a dirty little jewelry store, my hope took shape, a round silver shape. Years later, God still uses that little ring often to remind me that He has good things for me. That He hears me when I pray.
That single or married, ring-less or ring-full [that’s probably not a word], young or old, the truth remains—
Not only does God give me hope and remind me of hope,
He is my hope.