Have you ever lost something or someone? Maybe as a child you were left behind, or as a parent you lost your child and did not know where to find them? Maybe you lost something which mattered to you and you turned your place upside down trying to find it but could not. I believe we can come up with a ton of scenarios about the way we ever experienced “loss”.
If you are Christian, I believe you probably have gone through the process of going from lost to be found, but do you still remember the moment you were found? Or is the feeling of being lost still lingering in your soul? Very truly I tell you, when we lose sight of the Lord Jesus, we will once again go through the process of being lost. No matter what that feeling is, loneliness, depression, hopelessness, emptiness, confusion, aimlessness, tiredness…I also want you to know an absolute truth, a good news - Jesus is always looking for you. He will always find you, whether you are wandering in a maze, or floating between the coral reef.
Maybe you think you are a rebellious child and you were lost because you made a mistake. Then I want to invite you to read about Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:8-9 (NIV), “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden, but the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
Maybe you think you are just nobody and insignificant. Go and read about David in 1 Samuel 16:10 (NIV), “Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” Verse 11b (NIV), “’There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’” And verse 12b (NIV) “Then the Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’”
Maybe you even wonder how God could know you if you have not accepted Christ yet. Please come and read about Hager in Genesis 16:7-8 (NIV), “The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, ‘Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?’”
Even if you are someone who is against Christ and Christians in your word and in action, let’s just take a moment to read about Paul in Acts 9:3-5 (NIV), “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.”
Then how about those who ran away from the Lord, from their life's calling, like Jonah and Elijah? (Jonah 1, 1 King 19) How about those who are living their life for the world like Zacchaeus, the tax collector, or the Samaritan woman at the well? (Luke 19, John 4) Weren’t all of them found by Jesus?! From Simon to his brother Andrew, Philip to Matthew…Jesus found them, His disciples. (Matthew 4:18-22, Matthew 9)
My dear friends, remember Jesus will always find you and He will never leave you or forsake you. The only question you may need to wrestle with is this, “Do you respond to Him and accept Him?”