Lost and Found
As I was thinking the other day about how much God loves his children and desires that none should be lost; I was reminded of the time one of my sons, Ethan got lost at just 15 months of age. At the time we lived in a house that backed onto a greenbelt with a creek, and he had been playing out in the backyard with his two older brothers. One of them had opened the back gate to look out and hadn’t latched it, and Ethan must have toddled over to it, pushed it open, and wandered out of the yard. I can’t remember if it was David or myself who had been out in the yard with them, and then had stepped back in, but whichever it was – we were back out in a flash and realized he was gone. In a panic we quickly called our neighbors, and in no time we had all split up and were searching. We had no idea which way he had run down the trail, we were worried about the creek and the road, and we were desperate to find him. A few minutes later we found him down by the creek, along with our little blue heeler following closely at his heels. We all breathed a sigh of relief, and then David made sure that gate could never open again!
Even though we had three boys, we weren’t okay with losing any one of them. We didn’t say, “we have two more kids, so it’s not really a big deal if we can’t find one.” Of course not! We want to know they are with us and are safe. God feels the same way about each of us, as his children. In Luke 15:8, 9, Jesus told the parable of the lost coin to show the value each of us have to God; He said, “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: “Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it–that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”
Lost people stir the heart of God. When we found Ethan we celebrated. When the lost are found, Heaven celebrates. And, in addition to wanting us with Him forever in heaven, God also wants to do amazing things in and through our lives while we are here on this earth. He wants to redeem us, restore us, heal, mend, comfort and protect us. And, He wants to meet us in our place(s) of deepest need. If you have a need today, I just want to remind you that you have a Father in Heaven who loves you unconditionally and wants to sit with you there. Lift it up to Him, talk to Him about it, and trust Him to work it all out for good.
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