We've all lost things. And we've all found things that we've lost. Additionally, most of us have lost things that we're still trying to find.
I've talked to several people lately about both losing and finding very important things. Wallets, glasses, car keys, tools, memories, golf balls and even grandchildren in stores are among the things we have lost.
One humorous story is about a guy playing golf. As he was approaching the green, he turned to his friend and said, "It looks like I'll have to go back to the last hole and get my pitching wedge - I can't find it!" Laughing, his friend said, "What's wrong with the one in your hand?" Yes, sometimes the things we've lost are right under our nose.
A few years ago, when Wendy and I went to Jerusalem, we lost each other for a few very long minutes. We were in the Arab Section, as it is called. As we were walking down the very narrow corridor that weaves its way through town, Wendy went into a shop and I kept walking. When I turned around, Wendy was gone!
Initially, I was gripped with fear because we had been virtually surrounded on all sides by little shops selling rugs, luggage, electronics and specialty foods, and the frightening thing was that every shop seemed to be exactly alike!
As I back-tracked, however, I finally found Wendy. Indeed, it was a scary time for about 10 long minutes!
How do you suppose God feels when we are lost? I believe God's "Priority No. 1" is to find every one of us when we are lost! Even though many of us were taught that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or even the one, I'm certain that God seeks out and finds us on an individual basis.
Indeed, God rejoices when we are finally found.
And God does everything possible to keep us from getting lost again!
I'll see you in church, the grocery store or around town.
You can e-mail Pastor Michael by visiting www.stjohnsumc.com or you may call him at 692-8828.