by Christina Farris
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. Have you ever wonder why one little lamb would go wandering off? Have you ever heard the story of rudrolph the red nose reindeer and remember how his nose was so bright that all the reindeer made fun of him. I wonder why did the sheep get lost from the herd. Why did the little lamb wander away only to get lost over a ledge, in all the picture of Jesus and fetching the little lost lamb. Often we can feel like a misfit, or a person not worthy of belong to a group or a crowd, but in reality we do. We part of the human race. We are part of society. Yet often the lamb or the sacrificial lambs of this world can be seen running from the crowd, because either they do not understand the crowd or often feel like a misfit, not feeling as if they belong so they wander away from the crowd, not really caring where they go only knowing it seems much safer away then with a group. Yet the lamb trips and falls over the cleft, not realizing there is no solution to his entrapment over the hill. He lays there a half a day looking around trying to figure out how to get out of his predicament, but he can not. He sits and waits bahing, and crying tears of regret for leaving the group. Then comes the shepherd of the field, the one that cares for even this one lost sheep, leaving the 99 others behind in the wilderness without their shepherd. He comes and looks and finds his sheep over in the ditch, and he climbs down in the ravine, and puts his arms around the lamb, and gently rubs his head and say you are my lost little lamb, I found you once again, where did you think you were going. Then he climbs up out of the ravine, carrying the lamb tenderly in his arms back to the fold. Everyone there is excited to see the lost lamb alive. Happy to know he not eaten by a wolf. Yet he is found, and for one moment of his life he knows his value compared to ninety nine other sheep. He knows he is love by the shepherd and sheep because of their small embrace of love when he returned.
Sometimes we all need to know our value in life, to know we are worthy to be searched for by God, and not just our family or friends, but sought by God almighty himself, to know he cared enough to send his only Lamb to search for the believers of his day and time and to pay the price on the cross for our sins. To show us his love for us. How does he seek us. He calls us by name, he calls us to repentance, he calls us to acknowledge his glory, He calls us to be his friend, to know his business, to know his love and warm embrace of his Spirit. When Elijah felt all the storms around him, but God was not in them, he found himself perhaps a little foolish as he heard God still small voice speak to him. He had run away, only to be driven to a place of safety and that safety destroyed, to show him nothing was going to happen to him, that was not meant to be. That storms would come and go, but those things were not of God. That fear to run, to hid is not of God.
Where can we go from the presence of God, He knows our where abouts, but he waits til we are ready to listen to his voice, to listen to his Spirit about the things we know to be true in our heart. God seeks us, because he loves each of us. His timing real to call our hearts to him, even in the hour of trials, and deep ravines that we find ourselves in with no way out. God is always the solution. Elijah found his fear should not be in the queen that sought his life but in God. Where is your fear, where is your life headed, are you in pit of despair and only can see God standing saying, I lift you up my child. God is seeking the lost, the ones not with crowd as well as those that are lonely within the crowd, or feel like the outcast in that crowd. We all feel it from time to time. It the emptiness and loneliness we feel that often allows God to speak that we are not alone we part of a huge family. We are part of the family of God if we believe in His Son.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to remember we part of a bigger picture, not alone or outcast from you family, but a child of the Royal King, his name being Jesus. That you home be far away but we must continue in the direction of the flock. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Psalm 139:7-10 KJV
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.