Matthew 18:12-14“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Now imagine losing your child in an amusement park. The Panic and Fear that would race through your body. The thought of something horrible happening to them is enough to make you sick. What would you do? How would you react in that situation?
Your child is missing .. you go to the security office and while searching the images from the cameras, you spot your child .. He’s walking around in circles. He’s scared and crying, not sure where to turn or who to ask for help. It would probably feel like an eternity, but picture that moment when you run through the crowed and scoop your child into your arms. Imagine the tears of joy as you hold him close. In that moment everything would be complete and back to its place. The appreciation for what once was lost, now is found. I’m sure you would get on your phone and start sharing the news with the rest of your worried family.. they too would shout and rejoice like the angels in Heaven.
This to me is the same image of a child of God. Walking Around lost, not sure where or who to turn to.
God wants us to be as close to him as possible. There seems to always be that one kid .. he’s a little stubborn at times, maybe he’s impatient and runs up ahead. Or maybe he’s easily distracted and lags behind, before he knows it he’s lost. One way or another I’m sure we have moments where we can easily relate to this parent but even more so, to the child. I am guilty of wanting to run ahead of God’s plan and I’m most definitely guilty of lagging behind, getting caught up in the noise of life. Iv definitely listened to the voice of fear one too many times in my life. The important thing to remember is that God doesn’t panic, he doesn’t fear, He knows exactly what he’s doing. His love and patience is relentless. He’s already in the security office! He sees all and He will not give up! Scripture says he loved us before time and he will continue to love us till the end.
He will however use our vulnerable moments in life to reach out! Remember the Shepard is out to save that one sheep not leave him behind. All that is needed from us is to respond. Look up and Jump into His Loving arms.
1 Peter 2:25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.