There once lived a family comprised of a Dad, Mom, and four children – three boys and the youngest, a daughter. During a particularly difficult year, an amazing opportunity presented itself to the family, a chance to travel to a distant place, a magical world catering to the dreams of young kids. One day, the family boarded a plane, leaving behind the myriad cares and worries of home, and visited the land sparked by a man’s vivid imagination.
Upon entering the whimsical kingdom, the family witnessed characters usually only seen on electronic devices strolling through the streets and interacting with both young and old. The boys scrambled to meet each one, waving autograph books and pens in front of the colorfully costumed inhabitants. After spending a day in the Magic Kingdom, each son secured thirty plus signatures, an accomplishment proudly discussed between the three. When fatigue drove the family to return to their village, the parents made an alarming discovery. The autograph books were nowhere to be found. Sadly, the Dad forgot to grab the small notebooks from the pocket of the daughter’s ride for the day, a rented stroller. All the work and excitement of gathering characters scribbled names possibly lost for good. Tears welled in the eyes of the eldest son.
The Mom phoned the Magic Kingdom, explaining the plight and the friendly inhabitants of the fair city hinted that an honest visitor to the Kingdom turned something similar in to the governing authorities, but that the books needed to be properly identified…in person. Dad jumped behind the wheel of the van and hurried back to the Kingdom to secure the notebooks of great value. After a two hour round trip (including parking, a monorail ride, and a brisk walk to the City Hall), the Dad returned to the village, victorious. The enthusiastic smiles, hugs, and thank-you’s expressed the great joy and relief that the books, once lost, now rested securely in the hands of their owners.
Lost coins. Lost sheep. Lost son.
Lost autograph books.
Nothing thrills the heart of God more than the “lost” becoming found. Luke 15:10 shares, “There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
So the question must be asked. Are you “lost” or “found?”
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