Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Going After The One

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NKJV

I knew it was coming. I could feel it. He was standing there shifting from one foot to the other as we waited. In my infinite wisdom I had chosen the self check out at the grocery store. I was sure it would be quicker...even with my coupons. 

I was wrong. 

My Six foot tall man-sized son, who normally does pretty well grocery shopping, had no intentions of waiting for the chatty little checkout guy to scan those coupons. 

He ran. 

He ran right out the door.

Into the busy parking lot. 

He was, "Abandon ship, and every man for himself!"

I was right behind him, or as right behind him as a 45 year old, overweight and out of shape woman can be. I lost him at one point and a couple of times I froze as he ran behind cars that were backing out, but I didn't give up. I didn't stop looking for him until I found him, until he was safe. I am his parent and "going after him" is woven into my DNA. 

I was a real life, live action Luke 15:4 "leave the 99 sheep to go after the one" example.

I left behind my change, my purse, my groceries, and...my other two kids. Thankfully the girls are 11 and well, they are not strangers to interesting circumstances. 

When I caught up to my son, who had finally located our vehicle and climbed into the back seat, I looked behind me and saw those two little girls that I had left in the store, running to catch up to us. They were carrying my change and my purse. 

When they made it to the car I hugged them and asked if they were ok. They handed me my stuff and shook their heads "yes." "Good," I responded, "Now run back in there and get the groceries." 

We still needed the food. I had already paid for it, and leaving my son to go back in was simply not an option. 

They knew that. 

Without hesitation, they turned right around and headed back toward the store. 

We have been talking about this idea of "going after the one" at church. Luke Chapter 15, verse 4 says, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”
(‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4,‬ ‭NKJV‬)‬

We don't often get to live this so literally. While I was chasing my almost grown autistic son through the grocery store parking lot, I was not thinking how incredible it was that this adventure parallels this verse. I was just thinking I had to keep him safe, I had to find him; stopping, resting, giving up...not even an option. 

Can you imagine the depth of love and concern, the determination that God has when he comes after us? 

God I am so thankful for Your love and willingness to come after us, to search for us and not stop until you find us. You know that our children wander and bolt and run, many times without concern of direction and danger. Protect our children and protect our hearts.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen
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