A Union City, California, family is full of gratitude this Thanksgiving season as a family treasure was retrieved from the bowels (pardon the pun!) of the Union Sanitation District's sewer lines.
The HUFFINGTON POST reports, "Workers recovered an heirloom from the sewer more than six weeks after the family's toddler flushed it down the toilet."
The heirloom--a valuable diamond and sapphire ring--was dearly cherished by the Tapal where it had been passed down from generation to generation. It seems, however, that the family's 3 year old son didn't quite appreciate its value as he dropped it into the toilet and proceeded to flush it down.
A search for the ring conducted by a plumber turned up nothing, so they called the USD as a last-ditch effort. That's when workers Johnny Powell and Victor Vasut, fathers themselves, stepped up to help.
Crews flushed sewer lines in the Tapal's neighborhood multiple times in search of the ring, and were about to admit defeat when they finally found it on Nov. 14. Per a USD media release, the family treasure had traveled more than a third of a mile from the Tapal's house, tumbling around corners and nearly falling into a larger sewer line where recovery would have been all but impossible.
"It's rare to find something like this. It's like a needle in a haystack," Collections Supervisor Shawn Nesgis told USD.
After what we assume was a very thorough cleaning, the ring is now back where it belongs.
Who flushes a valuable family heirloom down a toilet? Someone lacking the maturity to understand what they are doing, that's who. Learn to value the preciousness of the inheritance you have received in Christ, passed down many generations for you to enjoy.
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people" (Ephesians 1:18).