Lost to found
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
What does it mean to be lost? Webster’s Dictionary defines lost as “unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts.” Can you remember a time when you were unable to find your way, not knowing where you were? That moment when fear began to creep into your head? Ever been there, I have.
It is easy to find yourself in the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Mountains, surrounded by towering Noble firs – really lost. It is vital to stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings in the mountains. Even to a small child, it made sense. However, as darkness sets in the forest, it is easy to become confused. Even the familiar loses distinction as the light fades. Despite one’s naïve understanding of the outdoors and our ability to trek the forest floor, we can become lost.
Whether emotional, legal, or leadership, people seek direction. Many seek advice and answers for earthly problems. Each desired to know or learn how to extract themselves from their current predicament. They were lost, unable to find their way. Regardless of how safe and secure they felt in their position or possessions, they were just as doubly lost as the child trekking through the forest floor in the Pacific Northwest.
Why? Because we are all separated from God and unable to find Him independently. No matter how much we try to rely on our strength, we cannot see the way without Light. Unlike being physically lost in the woods or intellectually or experientially lost in our profession where we may find a way out, we cannot bridge the gap between God and us. But there is hope. Because he has made a way, a light shining in the darkness. He is calling. Can you hear His voice through the trees?
How reassuring to know that God always knows where we are. (John 10:14 GW) That His Spirit is calling us home. (2 Pet. 1:3 GW) Because the Good Shepherd has left the ninety-nine to find the lost, return them and care for them. (John 10:11; Is. 40:11 ESV). We may feel secure in our money, homes, things, family, and status, but it’s false if the “thing” is anything other than Jesus. (Jas. 5:1 AMP) He provided the answer. Without the Light, you are unable to find your way. Mercifully, He reaches out and draws you to Himself. (Eph. 2:8–10 MSG).
Stand still and listen. Quiet yourself and sense it. Do you hear the voice? He is calling.
Do you know someone who’s lost or has lost their way? Picture them, and commit to praying for them by name. Pray for the opportunity and the words to say when you meet them along your life’s journey. You know the way home, and you know He is looking for them just as He was looking for you. Above all, tell them and share your journey from lost to found because people need to hear your rescue story. How he brought you home to safety, and how he leads you through the dangers and traps of this world.
Be the moment when the Light shines truth through you and reveals the path out of the darkness.
Because “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News.” (Rom. 10:14–15 GW)
In short, “for the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10 (ESV)