October 22, 2019

Yesterday morning, Buzz came by the office. We had a great visit.

About an hour after he left, Buzz called saying he had lost his wallet and wanted to know if it was in my office.

Very excited about the prospects of an unguarded wallet, I walked around my desk. It was sitting on the floor next to a chair. I was pumped.

As I rifled through Buzz’ wallet looking for cash, credit, and debit cards, I decided it was time to let him know it was safe and sound.

When Buzz arrived at Dennis Hall, he looked very relieved to finally have his wallet. After making sure all the contents were in place and that I hadn’t used his credit cards to order a new truck from Amazon, Buzz was a happy camper.

Have you ever lost something? I do it all the time. In fact, I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached. And whenever I lose something I get a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I hate losing stuff. I think it’s the same for God.

One of the most powerful images of God is as a shepherd that has lost a sheep. Instead of cutting his losses and being happy with the ninety-nine sheep he still has, the shepherd searches high and low and refuses to stop until he has found the one that was lost. And Jesus says, “And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” (Matthew 18:13-14)

So if you ever feel lost and alone, know that there is One who is working to bring you safe and sound to your true home. While you may feel lost and without hope, the One who matters above all else will not stop until you are found. That’s how much God loves you.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when I am in the darkness and see no way out, help me remember that you love me more than life itself. Help me trust in your never-failing love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Our God goes after the lost. That’s a good thing.

Also, who would like to go to Hawaii with me? Buzz is paying.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins