Ever heard of it? Experienced it?
Welcome to my weekend.
I must have forgotten a few things in my meal planning last week, because by the time Friday rolled around, we were out of eggs, milk, and bananas.
Anyone with a toddler knows that This. Is. Unacceptable.
And Blake was out of town for the weekend.
So Friday afternoon, I head to the grocery story with our 1 year old. As I’m gathering my stuff to head in from the car, I cannot find my wallet.
I am a routine person that always puts things away in their spot. My wallet is not in it’s spot.
After driving home and doing a quick scan inside with no luck, I begin: THE SEARCH.
I had used my wallet earlier that morning to buy something online (<= you need this too), and hadn’t left the house all day, so I knew it was safe… I JUST COULDN'T FIND IT!
With pregnancy brain and a grabby hands toddler that likes to throw non-trash things in the trash (or in the toilet), I knew this wallet could be anywhere.
I actually started wondering if a big, blue wallet could fit down the toilet.
I looked in the fridge. In the oven. In the drawers. In the cupboards. In the trash. In every room. In the furniture. In the car. Over and over and over. No luck.
I started feeling like the old woman who had lost her coin in Luke:
After much prayer, I finally headed for one more peek into the garage to check the trash that I had taken out that morning, and to check on our brooder of baby chicks.
There, next to the trash, under our kiddo's red wagon, was the wallet!
There was for real rejoicing!
The crazy thing is the next day, as we were getting ready to head to the Saturday evening church service, one of our goats escaped into our neighbors yard to play with their horses.
Then she disappeared.
At almost 9 months pregnant, I can’t quite “jump the fence” and track her down.
Thankfully, my brother-in-law came to the rescue.
After 2.5 hours of searching, driving the streets, and praying, we found her lying down in an enclosure in our back pasture, scared and confused.
If we hadn’t found her, surely the coyotes would have.
I was also reminded of Luke:
To be real honest, I had a pretty bad attitude with these situations… especially the goat.
I didn’t want to deal with this inconvenience.
I didn’t ask for this special goat to run off.
I didn’t want to change my plans.
Yet I couldn’t help but think about Jesus during this whole thing.
Aren’t we often like a goat (or sheep!), that can’t quite get things right in life?
We get lost - scared and confused - and can’t always find our way back.
And there are plenty of coyotes out there waiting.
Yet Jesus Christ, the Pinnacle of creation, didn’t have an ounce of a bad attitude when coming after us.
In fact, it was HIS JOY.
When I read these two passages in Luke, that is THE WORD that sticks out - there is joy in heaven when a lost sinner is found.
His pursuit of us continues, and he isn’t frustrated by it AT ALL.
He will wait any amount of time for us. He will overcome any obstacle between us. Because connection with us is His goal.
With both of these scenarios, I was consumed with restoring my wallet and this goat to their place.
Jesus is all the more consumed with the lost here on earth. His desire is that none would be lost. He wants us all restored to our rightful place.
Some thoughts for this week:
1. Let yourself be found. Quit running. Quit hiding. If there are areas that God has been leaning on: s u r r e n d e r. He has your good in mind.
2. Join in the joy of being found by Him! All of heaven is rejoicing! Revel in that for awhile. Even if you've been "found" for awhile, there are always areas of our lives that are being found anew by Christ.
3. Consider your own heart posture toward lost people in your life. Lost people aren't always "easy" or "comfortable" to be around. As Jesus followers, our heart should agree with Jesus' heart: Pursuing with Love. Pursuing with a good attitude. Pursuing in Jesus' strength and not our own.
Have you experienced the sorrow of losing something in your life, and the joy of having it restored? Are you ready to be found? Have you paused in a moment of joy and gratitude to say thank you for what Jesus has done for you? How is your attitude toward people who need to be found?