The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1
Shortly before my youngest son's third birthday, he snuck out of the house one night. I had left to run an errand. Connor was playing quietly in his bedroom with his siblings and my husband was in the back of the house. Several minutes past before the older kids informed their dad that Connor was nowhere to be found.
Frantically they searched each and every room and nook and cranny in the house. Connor had disappeared. As they darted outside to see if he'd indeed wondered from within the safety of our four walls, they were greeted by a kind police officer, Connor, and our faithful dog, Scarlet. Before leaving the house, Connor had let Scarlet out of her crate so that she could join him on his grand adventure.
The officer told my husband that he'd found the pair about a block from home. As he approached Connor to assist him, Scarlet began circling him not allowing the officer to come any closer. The police officer asked Connor if he could take him home, and Connor walked back to our yard with Scarlet at his side and the officer close behind them.
Usually when Scarlet is allowed to roam free outside of a fenced enclosure, she is "gone with the wind". Her instincts carry her as she glides as though she were flying. She is always soon to return, but first, she always runs to her heart's delight. Not this time though. One of her pack was in danger. She set her sights on safely guarding him and guiding him back home again. She stayed in step with him preventing him from becoming lost or stolen.
Matthew 18 tells a similar story - “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."
Are you the one that has wandered away and maybe even lost your way? Jesus came to find you. He is just a prayer away and when you ask, He will happily lead you back. He went to the grave to insure that you didn't have to. He came so that you wouldn't be lost forever. Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” And 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Won't you come to Him?
Have a blessed week, furiends!