Lost or Found?

Have you ever lost something that you just couldn’t forget until you found it and were relieved that you hadn’t actually lost your mind, you had just misplaced the item?  Besides losing things I think we can sometimes lose our focus and that is likely the most important thing we will ever lose.  While it is true that we are living in a time that is overloading us, there is one thing that we should not overlook and that is the question of why God made us in the first place and just exactly what was it to do or be.

I often wonder just what the bottom line will turn out to be for myself; there are many things I would like or need to change, at least in some degree.  To be very honest I never thought about writing, but I will say that it brings me much joy as well as increasing my knowledge of things in general.  I guess our Creator really did make us for a particular situation in a particular time, but it often takes years to realize just what and why that is.  Maybe it is somewhat like buying a horse for racing, but you never really know how it is going to turn out until time and opportunity presents itself. 

Maybe if we could accept that we have a Father in charge we could relax a little more and find we can actually be better and happier people when we shut the door on stress.  When the right time comes we can be sure we will have all the help we need.  Nothing is ever truly lost until God says so; you should believe that because it is absolutely true.  The book of John tells us what Jesus, himself, tells us – While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name (17:12); Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none (18:9).  Although time has passed things have not changed; those who love the Lord are still kept by Him for His purpose, to glorify the Father.

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Lost Son found in the book of Luke.  He felt the same as many of us at one time or another may have felt; that somewhere, other than where we are, there is the end of the rainbow where we will find everything we could possibly desire.  We also know the end of that story; the son learned the same lesson that we will learn in like circumstances – I am no longer worthy to be called your son.  Make me like one of your hired servants (15:19).  Fortunately, that was not the end of his story or ours.  Jesus told those of His day what He would tell us today – Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours (31). 

Even though we have heard this story all of our lives the picture changes when we experience the same situation for ourselves.  No matter how far we travel or how far off the track we allow ourselves to venture, our Creator does not change and never will.  He created us for the sole purpose of sharing with Him the beauty and joy of His world and no matter what we choose to believe that will never change. 

Have you ever lost or even misplaced something in which you have placed more value than you probably should have?  It doesn’t really matter what its value is; it is something you didn’t want to lose and you will never rest until you finally find it and return it to its place.  It might seem strange that you would worry over something with probably little value, but that is who we are.  Does that give you even an inkling of how our Creator might feel when something He created for a purpose is lost?  Do you think we might try a little harder to be what He expects us to be?

Oh, Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Be Thou forever near me, My master and My Friend; I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA