There’s a great section in the Gospel of Matthew where the Apostle Peter finds himself having to come up with money for a temple tax for himself and Jesus. It’s ironic since the Son of God should hardly be expected to pay taxes to himself.
But after reasoning through it with the hard-headed Peter, Jesus tells him to go fishing. Why? Well, the first fish Peter draws from the water has a coin in its mouth, the perfect amount for the tax.
Sounds kind of incredible, doesn’t it? Well, plenty of contemporary individuals have also found precious metals in amazing places.
Just take Bloomfield, New Jersey, resident Maan Moughawech. In 2000, he lost his wedding ring in his backyard.
Like any husband would do, he bought a replacement. But ABC News reported that he said, “It didn’t feel right.
“It did not have the same meaning as the original ring. Once in a while, I would go around the property in search of the ring.”
He never found it — and then when he was planting bamboo 15 years later, he discovered it embedded in a clump of dirt.
Another New Jersey resident found his missing wedding band in a manner that would’ve made the Apostle Peter grin.
In 2013, Brian Ersalesi and his son Henry had been fishing, reeling in their catches and throwing them back. Yet when Ersalesi threw back his last fish, his wedding ring went with it.
According to WNEP, he immediately called the owners of the pond. But they said there wasn’t anything they could do.
Ersalesi stated, “I joked with him. I said, ‘If you ever pull out a nice-sized fish and you’re filleting it, you may find the ring inside.’”
They did find it, but only after the owners drained the lake. A metal detector did the rest.
Paula Stanton, who also lives in New Jersey, found her wedding ring in a more old-fashioned manner. ABC News reported that she’d originally lost it while cleaning the bathroom, the ring going quite literally down the drain.
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“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “I was embarrassed to tell my husband because it was meaningful.”
The couple would have time to acclimate themselves to the loss. The wedding ring slipped down the drain in 2009.
Eventually, Stanton visited her local public works department and asked if anyone had seen it over the course of the years. Of course, the answer was no — at least at first.
But apparently her question planted a bug in someone’s ear. Ted Gogol, the crew chief of the public works department, kept his eyes open and ended up making a miraculous discovery.
In November, her sent Stanton a note. While working near some of the pipes that came from her house, Gogol saw a bright glint.
Sure enough, there was her ring wedged in a manhole. It was coated with grit and grime, but it was definitely her ring.
“I was thrilled,” Stanton said. “Stunned. I could not believe it.”
According to KSAZ, Stanton gave the ring a good soak in a boiling combination of lemon juice and peroxide. Now it sits proudly on her finger once again.
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