They are two trusted companions. Both have traveled more than 100,000 miles with me. Both are well-worn.
Yes, I always have my Bible. Yes, I always have a fan (I’m addicted to white noise at bedtime). Yes, I always have a bag of “girlie goodness” (a sweet-smelling lotion, a foot scrub, and a good moisturizer). And always, I have photos of my family (which continues to grow and grow). But there’s just something about these two friends that make every journey feel like home.
The first is the ring. It was a gift five years ago from my sweet husband as we celebrated our tenth anniversary. It’s a simple band with sapphires and diamonds – stones that celebrate purity, truth, faithfulness. The sapphires also celebrate those on mission – offering hope, faith, and love on the journey. It is a gemstone of choice for kings and high priests (I pause for just a moment to think about that as I am reminded I am part of a holy priesthood because Jesus loves me). The ring has been rained on in Guatemala, snowed on in Russia, and has twinkled in the starlight in Argentina. It’s been covered in paint from an orphanage, flour from a baking class, and the beautiful orange dirt of Uganda. It has held babies, hammers, school supplies, and old hands. It was given in love to adorn the hand of the one called to give love, mercy and grace.
The ring is accompanied by a box of powder. Benefit Dandelion. It’s a soft pink shade that gives a blush to cheeks. The original box had to be replaced after it literally fell apart (it’s now tucked away in a keepsake drawer where it brings a smile to my heart every time I see it). Dandelion has painted the cheeks of little girls who want to play grown-up and has covered the tear stains of big girls whose hearts have been broken for the discarded. It’s brightened faces all over the world. Yes, that same little brush has touched faces everywhere. Without shame. Without judgment. Without fail.
Tonight, my two companions are with me, ready to serve again. Both are a reminder of why I go. Both are a reminder of what the Lord has done for me. He offers hope. He has brightened my face and covered the tear stains. He gives color. He gives love. He holds me. And He allows me – and you – to do the same.
Here’s to the journey. And the well-worn companions.