you-are-hereThen Jesus told them this parable: “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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home….” Luke 15:1-6


Recently, I attended a very diverse women’s luncheon in which it was announced that two members of the group would be undergoing medical procedures in a few days. One procedure was quite serious, and the other was relatively minor. Discussion ensued about how the group might support the two women during  these ordeals. A couple of us Christians said we would surely hold them up in prayer. Then, others began to talk about “throwing ‘it’ out to the universe” to see what cosmic forces might render some assistance.


Now, I try to survive quietly in this “all-inclusive” society we live in, and I don’t like to challenge other’s beliefs that are different from mine. But I am certain that God doesn’t really want us to throw anything out. In fact, God is in the business of finding things—and people—rather than leaving much to chance. The Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15 is the story of God “finding” us, wherever we are, no matter how far away we may be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. And God brings us back and rejoices over us, sharing His joy with those around Him. “I tell you,” Jesus says, “…there will be more rejoicing over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous person who do not need to repent.”


It’s been said that Luck is God’s nickname, but that gives God a bad rap. “Faith,” we are told in Hebrews 11:1, “is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” It’s not a matter of luck, or flinging things blindly into space. Faith is standing on God’s promises which have been handed down through the ages, proven time and again by people of all walks of life.


God doesn’t throw things out. He finds things. He found me when I was lost and I will never completely understand the love and grace He has showered on me since that time.


Healing Lord, You are greater than the universe and You are closer than our breath. Thank you. Amen

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