Lost and Found
I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. (Ezekiel 34:16)
Have you ever been lost and not known where you were or how to get back home? Mike once found himself in such a situation in one of the developing nations. Along with a colleague, they had been visiting a pastor on the edge of town, but it was now getting late and time to head for home. With the darkness drawing in, they decided to try to save time by taking a short cut. They presumed that if they just took any of the roads that headed down the hill, it would meet up with the main road at the bottom and save them time by not having to go the long way round. That’s where their misfortune began!
The trouble was, the road they chose didn’t go straight down the hill; it meandered all over the place! And then there were the junctions and crossroads – not to mention the dead ends! After thirty minutes, they were well and truly lost – and since the civil war had only ended recently, and there was still lawlessness around at times, they were feeling far from confident! Having no idea where they were, and unsure even if it was safe to get out and ask the way, they decided they needed to pray. And what heartfelt prayer it was: ‘Oh God – we’ve been stupid and we’re lost – help!’ Fortified by prayer, they gingerly set out again. And, guess what? Within minutes they were on the right road and safely bound for home again.
Actually, we don’t have to travel far at all to end up ‘lost’. It is all too easy to feel lost in the midst of a loving family or a lively crowd or a bustling office. Everything and everyone can ‘be’ there; but inside, we can feel so ‘lost’, so empty, so lacking in direction, so unsure of which way to go. At such times it is good to remember God’s promise that he loves to come looking for the lost! All we need to do is to call out to him: ‘Oh God – I’ve been stupid and I’m lost – help!’ - and God himself will come running to our rescue!
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. (Luke 19:10)
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