“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?’” Luke 15:3-4
“You are here”. Those three words can be so comforting when I find myself in a new and unfamiliar place. Locating the map when I am in a new place like a shopping mall, sports arena, or airport and seeing the little dot on the map with the words, “You are here” is always such a relief. A sense of calm comes over me because I know people have stood exactly where I am standing before and they have mapped out routes to get me from where I am to where I need to be in the shortest amount of time. Maybe you have had this experience or have gotten lost only to be “found” by opening the GPS on your phone. All of sudden, your whole existence is represented by a flashing little icon on the map and you are more than fine with that.
Maps are a wonderful tool for finding our way in the physical world. But what happens when we are feeling lost in our inner world? What happens when we feel anxious, depressed, confused, or angry and no matter how hard we try, we cannot find our way to peace? Fortunately, for situations like these, and any situation we encounter, we have God’s Word to guide us back to Him. The Bible offers wisdom for all of life’s circumstances, including those that are small and seem immaterial, to those that are overwhelming. It may take a day or more of studying God’s Word to get insight for your circumstances and for that feeling of being all alone to leave, but it will. For me, it takes a lot before I admit to being lost. Admitting to God that I cannot handle my life by myself is difficult, but I quite often need Him to come get me and help me to find my way home again.
Jesus has told us that it is His nature – who he is in all situations – to leave the 99 sheep to go save the one sheep that is lost. God always finds the lost sheep and brings him or her back home. Our job, when we realize we are lost is to ask God for help, trust He is on His way, and to start walking back home. Walking back home entails reading His Word, reconnecting with Him, and taking whatever action steps He instructs. His grace is sufficient.