So he [Jesus] told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
─ Luke 15:3-5
Natalie expected her days as the “finder of all lost things” to end once her children were grown and out of the home. Surprisingly, that was not the case. Her husband, Christopher, often misplaced his glasses, his keys, his wallet and lots of other things. She still seemed to be the only one able to find them … no matter how many times he looked for them.
One morning, as Christopher scrambled to get out of the house and leave for work on time, he frantically searched his coat pockets and the countertops for his keys. Natalie reached over to the nightstand and held his keys, dangling them in front of him. He took the keys, smiled knowingly, and kissed her goodbye.
Natalie smiled as she thought about how God was the ultimate “finder of all the lost.” She took a few moments to thank God for finding her and blessing her with His love. She then felt compelled to pray for those she knew to be lost.
God’s astonishing love for the lost compelled Jesus in His compassion to give His life so that every single person could be forever found as we each come to know God intimately and have the honor of spending eternity with Him.
Today’s One Thing
What does it mean to you to know you are no longer lost? Tell God about that, and then pray for those He brings to your mind who are lost today.