Apr 20 2015

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God Quotes: Are you lost?

Are you lost?

We were in downtown Washington DC as a youth group. It was Christmas time, and we came to see the National Tree. I was a leader, and I stopped to count our number. In one moment, our fun-filled evening was turned into a nightmare. One of our kids was missing. Where in the sea of people could he be? My mind thought about how he could have been snatched away by some stranger. I thought about how I would be the one to tell the parents. When do we call the police? The swirl of vivid imagination filled my mind with tragedy. We told the rest of the group to pray, and a few of us went back to the crowd to search. We found him standing by the manger scene, happy as a clam. He had no idea he was lost. He missed the flurry of activity focused on his rescue. We went home together. It took some time before the lump in my throat faded.

That happened over a decade ago, but I remember how I felt vividly. I don’t know that kid knows how passionate we were about finding him. When we don’t know we are lost, we miss the euphoria of being found. When we know we are lost, we experience relief and rest when our rescuer comes for us.

Are you lost?

Lost with what to do with your life? Lost with what to do with the mess of life? Filled with the swirl of emotions that come with a situation too big to handle? Someone is looking for you. He is passionate to find you and save you.

Jesus wants to do more than give a ticket to heaven. He wants to save a lost soul through and through. Salvation happens at the point in which someone comes to believe in Jesus as Savior. Yet there is an ongoing transformation throughout the life of a believer. This process is called sanctification, and, in a real way, it is an ongoing series of being found.

We are lost when it comes to knowing how to navigate our souls. Jesus is ready to find us in our lost-ness. Many times, we are like that boy who didn’t know he was lost–even though he had a search party looking for him. He was oblivious. He didn’t know he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. Other times, usually when we are in the midst of difficulty, we are keenly aware of how inadequate we are for the situation. We know we need help. Either way, Jesus is searching for you.

The benefit of knowing you are lost is being willing to cooperate with the Rescuer. He is the One who can bring truth to a situation. He can provide comfort and peace too.

Story of a man found

Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus. He was the one who climbed up the tree to see Jesus. Maybe he was curious. I don’t know if Zacchaeus knew he was lost. What we do know is that Jesus was looking for him. Jesus found him and invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house. Zacchaeus responded with joy. At some point, this lost man found salvation in Jesus that day.

It’s easy to put ourselves at the lead when it comes to navigating life, but how can we? We don’t own the map. There is One who knows the map. He knows the future. He knows our souls. Wouldn’t it make sense to look for Jesus? Even if we are just curious about what He would say. Coming to Him, we discover He has been looking for us. And when He does, He is ready to transform us.

Pray to Him now

I wrote these words as a prayer for the lost. They are words of a fellow lost-one.

Are these words encouraging to you? Share.

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  1. Kristin Funston

    I love how you pointed out the boy didn’t even know he was lost! Gosh – SO TRUE of us so often!

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom! Visiting from #RaRaLinkup!

    1. Cheryl

      I remember having postpartum depression with my first born. I didn’t know that was what was going on until I wasn’t depressed anymore. It didn’t look like (or feel like) I thought depression was “supposed” to feel like. We are so unaware of ourselves sometimes.
      Thanks for visiting.

  2. Kelly Balarie

    I praise God that he always has the map. He is never lost even though we may feel we are. Great words. These help to make life feel back on track. Thank you for this powerful truth. Cheering you from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

    1. Cheryl

      He certainly does have the map.

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