by Louise Tucker Jones
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Luke 15:4 NIV
A few months ago I lost my credit card. Well, maybe “lost” is the wrong word. I knew exactly where and when it disappeared and returned to the scene but found nothing. It wasn’t on the counter, floor, or outside where I parked, and no one had turned it in to the business. I searched inside my car, thinking it may have fallen out of my pocket when buckling up. Not there. And no, I didn’t slip it into my purse. Nothing to do but call and cancel the card. Thankfully, there were no purchases and a new card was sent to me.
Now, imagine my frustration when I lost the new card a couple of months later. What would the company say if I made a second call? Not wanting to do that, I searched the car again and again. Then suddenly I slipped my hand into a crevice next to the console and there was the card. I was ecstatic until I discovered it was actually the card I had replaced. Now what?
I figured if I found one card, surely I could find the other, so I searched the car again. Nothing. I took a break then made one last effort before calling for a replacement. I sat in the car and prayed, then I twisted and turned to see where my card might have fallen from my pants pocket. A folded map was tucked into the space between my seat and the console. Inside one of the folds was my credit card, safely hidden. I definitely sent a big hallelujah to the Lord and vowed to never again carry my credit card in an unzipped pocket.
Later, as I thought of my “lost and found” cards, it actually reminded me of my relationship with the Lord. No, I will never lose my salvation. My eternal life is secure. But sometimes I lose my daily fellowship with Jesus. I get busy with everyday problems and begin making decisions without consulting Him. I lose His discernment and guidance and miss our daily conversations. Then I suddenly feel a deep loneliness for my Savior and wonder how I lost my way.
The good news is that our Lord never walks away from us. We are never lost from His eternal love. The bad news is that this scenario can easily happen again. Not purposely. We love the Lord. We long to be close to Him but we are human.
We have families, work, and more. We can even get too busy with church or ministry. We get tired and lose our joy. We don’t feel that spark in our hearts that started us on this journey. Then we realize we have “left our first love,” as Jesus stated in Revelation 2:4 (NKJV). But it’s never too late to come back to Jesus.
We can never be so lost that the Lord cannot find us. Never so sinful that His love will not cover us. Never so tired that He will not carry us. Never too “anything.” Just like a faithful parent, God always welcomes his prodigals home with love and celebration.
Holy Father, thank you for covering us with your love, mercy and grace.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Louise Tucker Jones is a speaker, columnist and award-winning author. Having a son with Down syndrome, Louise writes extensively concerning people with special needs, co-authoring the Gold Medallion award-winning book, Extraordinary Kids. Her poignant life stories have been published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies, including over a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Married to Carl for 45 years before he relocated to heaven, Louise is a mother, grandmother, professed chocoholic, and founder of the support group, Wives With Heavenly Husbands. Find her at LouiseTJ@cox.net LouiseTuckerJones.com
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