Yesterday, my daughter & I were going through a drive through hamburger place to grab a quick lunch and when I looked for my credit card to pay, it was missing! My heart dropped down to my toes – then I quickly started to look for my credit card & with relief found it in my car.
We can all think of various things we’ve lost in the past & what a horrible feeling it leaves in our thoughts. So when I recently read Jesus’ 3 parables about lost stuff in Luke 15 (sheep, coin & son), I was very moved by some important things for us to consider:
- the shepherd, woman & father didn’t quit looking until what was lost had been found: our heavenly Father never quits & gives up trying to find & reconcile us
- there was a massive celebration when the lost item / person was found & reconciled: there was no shame or scolding given to that which was lost, but rather a jubuliant celebration over the recovery & reconciliation
- being lost can be expressed in lots of different contexts: the father sought to reconcile not only the renegade son, but also the self-righteous son who remained aloof & detached from his family; being right doesn’t mean we don’t need to be reconciled 🙂