Have you ever lost something?
I hate losing stuff. Unfortunately, it happens to me a lot. I misplace stuff so frequently, my husband gave me a tracker for my house keys. From my phone, I can “ping” my keys to track them down or even have my keys make noise when they are outside of a certain distance of my phone.
Over a year ago, I lost those keys. So much for that plan. We’ve since changed our locks so I’m not worried about anyone breaking in, but I still have this uneasiness about where my keys are.
The other day I lost my wallet and for several days had this constant uneasiness. I retraced my steps, calling and visiting all the stores I had shopped at the last time I had my wallet. I searched my house and the car and my office to no avail. I was in the process of texting my husband, informing him we would need to cancel my credit cards when I saw a glimpse of my wallet between the seat and my seatbelt. Whew! Instant peace.
The time I remember the most clearly was when I lost a ring Corey had given me. It was a cold, windy day in college and I was working on a paper for class when I realized the ring was missing from my finger. Immediate panic set in. I searched my room, I emptied all my pockets, I retraced my steps… nothing. I gathered a few friends to help and together we walked where I had walked with our eyes to the ground. Nothing. Hours passed with my stomach in knots. In desperation, I asked God to help me find it. I knew it was just a ring that didn’t matter spiritually, but it meant the world to me. I can’t remember if it was later that day or the next, but I was walking across campus when I saw my ring nestled in the grass by the sidewalk. I put it back on my finger, no longer feeling like something was missing from me, and told all my friends what had been lost was now found.
In the Book of Luke, Jesus teaches three parables about items being lost and then found. At the end of each parable, Jesus compares the lost item to those who come to know the saving grace of Christ.
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents. – Luke 15:10
If Heaven celebrates at conversion, I wonder if God also experiences the gut-wrenching uneasiness thinking about those who don’t yet know Him. And should we not also have similar feelings about those we know who are outside of Christ?
Christmas is a great time to invite someone to church. Invite someone you know to one of our Christmas Eve Services on Saturday. We have two family services, one at 4 and one at 5:30, followed by a Candle Light service at 7. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reach out to someone. Who knows, it may be their first (or last) step to being found.