It had been more than 24 hours since our dog, Sadie, had jumped the fence. She could be anywhere, stolen or dead. I had spent hours roaming the neighborhood and the family had called and called until late into the night. I posted her picture everywhere online and soon had people sharing her picture in their circles. Nobody had seen her.
I stood in our office supply store and had posters printed out. I drove in wide circles and stuck the poster everywhere people may see it. On stop signs, telephone polls, under windshield wipers and in local businesses.
I had to stop searching so we could go to the store and my phone buzzed nonstop with people inquiring and still sharing. My phone rang in the toilet paper aisle and a man’s voice said he was sure it was her and they had seen my poster. I listened with held breath and when we hung up, after an address was exchanged, I totally danced and hollered in the aisle with my kids looking on. They danced too. I called my husband on the other side of the store and said “They FOUND her!!” We tore through the store and hurried to where she was.
I tearfully thanked the man and hugged her the whole way home. When we got there she was the circle of attention and got treats of hot dogs and bites of steak. I started making plans on how to prevent this from ever happening again and just kept hugging her furry neck.
Luke 15 – 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “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? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Sure, I had three other dogs at home who had not gotten lost and were faithfully waiting, but I had one that was missing and I was distraught.
The parable of the lost sheep had become very real to me as I searched and I thought about how our Heavenly Father seeks His lost.
Unlike God, I had no clue where our dog could’ve gone. However, God knows right where you are when you are lost. No matter how far you could’ve gotten, He is right there with you in the ugly of it all. He calls to your heart to just come home because there is some serious partying waiting your return.
There have been times in my life I was seriously lost, but now I can look back and see that He was with me the whole time. Urging and whispering for me to come back, God’s hand was never off my life. Even though there where millions who were faithfully in His service, His concern and heartbreak was for me.
Lost and found is really everyone’s journey. Perhaps you’ve found yourself in a place and lost….what do I want you to take away from this?
1. All through the Bible we find characters that God has scooped out of poop (figuratively) and placed close to His heart that fulfill great roles in His plan. Nobody is too lost that He isn’t searching for to have a glorious purpose.
2. The whole purpose of Jesus was for the lost. That’s how much He loves us. He didn’t come to the cross to die for those who already knew Him…He didn’t preach to those who already knew the scriptures…He sought out the adulterers, the liars, the angry and the worst of the worst to show them love, compassion and healing. He is all about the lost in the world.
3. He is never going to quit looking and calling until you are safely back. Just like in the late night hours when I called out under the stars hoping my dog would hear my voice and come back, He is waiting for you. There is nowhere you can run and hide that He is NOT there. Calling to your heart and preparing for your welcome home party.