Always Found

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.
Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country
and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”
(Luke 15:4)

Reflection:
‘The God who sees me’ is also the God who sees me when I am not where I should be.

In the case of the Lost Sheep He notices who it is that is missing and goes off to see where it is. And, having found it, He brings it back to its proper place with joy in His heart. This is wonderful news for us because, like sheep, we have a tendency to wander off on our own and can end up in strange places. There we may have no sense of how to return and even if such a return is possible.

There is another lovely illustration in Scripture. Jesus on coming to Bethany, after being called back as Lazarus was sick, arrives after his death and burial. He is met by Martha but, we are told, “Mary stayed at home.”  Jesus obviously noticed that the sister who had once sat at His feet was not present for when Martha returned to the house she told Mary that “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” Whatever it was that had caused Mary to hang back was dealt with and “she got up quickly and went to Him.”

The moment that we are not where we should be in terms of our relationship with the Lord He is immediately aware of it. He sees us where we are – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – and reaches out to us. This is what Love does!

We may feel lonely and isolated, wretched and despairing, condemned and abandoned – but He is with us. He has already found us and is reaching out to us – because that is what Love does!

And, if we feel that He is not speaking to us at the moment, it is far more likely that we are not listening to Him but are instead listening to ourselves.

Response:
Wherever you are feeling lost or hesitant before the Lord, ask Him to find you and to lead you onward.

Prayer:

Lord God, please come into the dark and lonely areas of my life with Your Light and Love – confirm Your presence to me and lead me forward. Amen.

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