Lost and Found
by Donna Schlachter
Read: Rom 8:38 39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When my brother was 3 years old, we went to a large flea market. I was told to look after him. Being only 13, and easily distracted, I let go of his hand, and when I turned back, he was gone! There must have been 500 people in this large arena, and he was so small. I searched everywhere, and couldn’t find him. I finally had to seek out my parents, tell them what had happened, and await the outcome. I was convinced someone had taken him, and he was gone for good.
As adults, we can be easily distracted by the things of this world. Our job, family, money, home, possessions, friends - all take up our time, and can keep us from seeing God. If we allow things to come between us and God, they will look bigger than God. The good news is we found my brother, unharmed. He said he wanted to look at the toys, and he lost me! Too often we think God has lost us, only to find we were the ones who wandered off. Nothing can cause God to lose us, but we need to stick close to Him all the time.
Father God, create in me a hunger for Your presence, so that I cannot wander. Amen
Additional readings: Rom 8:35; Matt 19:6; Matt. 14:30