Have you ever lost something of value? What was it and what did you do about it?
When I lose something, my response is based on the value I place in what was lost. For instance, how I respond to losing my son in Disneyland (two times) is different than my response to losing my keys.
It’s true. Several years ago we lived in walking distance to Disneyland, had a season pass, and would take our sons quite often. The first time Kincade was six years old and he was prone to wander, to stop and look at anything shiny or sweet, and he had stopped at one of the little shops on the street. A worker saw him and realized he was lost and gave him a lollipop to keep him calm. Once we realized he was missing we quickly backtracked and found him. The second time was during closing and everyone was packed in shoulder to shoulder walking out of the park, and we assigned Kincade, now 7, to hold his brother Hudson’s hand (a very responsible 10 year old). We got separated and by the time we caught up with each other we had 3 of our 4 boys, no Kincade. We freaked. We thought the worse and that feeling only grew as we frantically backtracked and could not find him. 30 minutes passed. No Kincade. As Suzanne made her way to the lost and found area, there he was. It was like a heavy weight lifted off our shoulders. Kincade was, excuse my language, pissed. He still hasn’t forgiven us for that one (he’s 15 now).
You know people stay away from church for a lot of different reasons. But one of the primary reasons is that we have a tendency to make people feel worse about themselves. We try to convince people they are lost and it’s their fault. That’s encouraging. No wonder they stay away. Let me go there and hear some more of that upbeat message.
Often we think God must be like that too. But in Luke 15 Jesus describes what God goes through when he is looking for and waiting for us to come to Him. And, most importantly, what He is like when He does find us.
Grab a Bible or Google Luke 15, read the stories and let me know what jumps out at you. This will be our Easter passage for this year.