By: Diana Rockwell
Coming home from work one Saturday, my husband has arrived right before me and he is talking to the babysitter, I ask where is my youngest son Dale. The babysitter replies, “He’s in the front yard!”
So she leaves out the garage door, and I go out the front door and start calling for Dale. I walk down our long street and back up the hill, tears rolling down my face, my heart’s beating fast. Dale is not on our street. Quickly I yell at my husband, I’m calling 911. Dale is three years old, has blond hair, blue eyes, full of life. Did I tell you he is mischievous? The 911 operator asks, “What was he wearing? Sheer silence on my end of the telephone before I choke out, “I don’t know, the babysitter dressed him.” I feel like I am a horrible mom.
Have you ever felt like a horrible mom? Have you felt guilty because you have to leave the children with a sitter? Have you ever lost your child while shopping? Jesus tells us a parable in Luke 15: 3-7 of the shepherd who knows his sheep so well that he knows when one is missing. He leaves the ninety-nine in search of the one and searches until he finds the one. I love the part of the story that he calls his neighbors and says, “‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
Well, our neighbor spotted Dale. He’s two blocks from home on a busy curve. He’s resting by the telephone pole. He wouldn’t get in the car with the neighbor. So the neighbor told him to hold onto the pole and he would be right back with his daddy, reassuring him he was not in trouble. Our neighbor and hero came to get Doug and safely brought Dale home.
Beloved, God wants each one of us to be found. Luke 15:7 “There is more rejoicing when one sheep returns to the sheepfold.” Are you straying from Jesus? Do you need to accept Jesus as you Savior? Do you need to rededicate your life to Jesus? He is waiting on you.
Father God, thank you for loving us so much that you would seek us and find us. In Jesus name Amen.