I remember an incident that happened when I was a little boy. My parents had taken me for some festive event, in a public place, where I got separated from my parents and was lost in the crowd. In that crowd, I found my way somehow to the individual with a microphone and said something like “my parents are lost“. Hearing that announcement, my parents who were desperately and anxiously looking for me, found me with the announcer and we were reunited.
What I’d like us to focus is that many times, we who are lost, dont think that we are lost. We instead think that God is no where to be found and that God is lost. I should have rightfully told the announcer, that “I was lost” but instead, I said “My parents are lost”. All the time, my parents were desperately looking for me, even in a crowd, because I was loved and I belonged to them. Likewise, God desperately looks for each one of us, even in a world filled with many, because each of us are loved and each of us belong to Him. Jesus (God) is a seeking shepherd who will leave the 99 to seek after the 1 that is lost.
If you were to tell God, “I am lost without you” (as a child who has lost his/her parents), you may only be pleased to hear Him say “I am desperate without you” (as a parent who has lost their son/daughter).
When you think that God is No-Where to be found, the reality is God is NOW-HERE to be found! Tell God, “I am lost with you” and wait to hear Him respond …
Luke 15:1-6 (KJV)
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.