The Christian Connection
“Lost And Found”
By Myra F. Smith
Bible Verse: “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)
There was a story on the July 21st 60 Minutes show that caught my attention. It was concerning the “Lost Boys of Ethiopia”. I’m sure you’re familiar with the story. These boys traveled on foot across the desert for 13 years trying to escape the massacre in their country. The few who survived were taken to America where they were introduced to a toilet, car, television, and other modern conveniences, for the first time. One boy was particularly bright and spoke good English. He carried a Bible with him and when he was asked why he took that Bible with him for 13 years across the desert, he said, “They call us the lost boys, but I’m not lost to God.”
WOW. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STATEMENT. I have felt lost to God when I stumped my toe; someone disagreed with my “always right” opinion; when I felt overworked and under-appreciated, or when any disturbance interferes with my plans. Clearly, it doesn’t take much for me to get irritated at the world and God. And yet, here is a young man who saw his entire family executed in front of him; set out on foot for 13 years, with barely enough food and water, and had the faith and conviction to read his Bible every day and praise God.
We may feel lost to God many times in our lives, but God never loses us. He will walk forever to find us, even if the rest of His flock is safe. Each child of God’s is special and unique, and all we have to do when darkness comes and tears fall, is call His name, and He will carry us home.
How do we survive the world? We survive by remembering each day that even though God, at times, seems lost to us, we are never, ever, ever lost to God.