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Have you ever lost anything really big and important, like your vehicle? Not long ago this happened when I paid a visit to a new shopping mall. As I absent-mindedly parked my truck, I was simultaneously caught up in a very engrossing cell phone conversation.

After a quick run-through of several stores, I exited the mall from a side door and hit the parking lot. As I confidently strode down the columns of shiny autos, mine was strangely missing. Suddenly, a nagging thought pushed its way into my mind. “You’re lost.” It insisted.

I shoved that concern aside and retraced my steps hoping to remember which entrance I had originally chosen. Aimlessly wandering up and down the rows of parked cars, I strained my eyes hoping to catch a glimpse of a security cop puttering by in a glorified golf cart. Perhaps he or she could help me find my vehicle. But alas, not a one was in sight.

Forty fatiguing minutes later, I was overjoyed to spot my Toyota in a location some distance from where I thought I parked it. Happily I raced to my truck and was on my way.

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus told a story known as The Parable of the Lost Coin. A woman who had 10 silver pieces, lost one in her house. That coin was probably worth more than a full day’s wages for a working man in Palestine. That being the case, the woman began an arduous search for her money. She lit a lamp and began to sweep every nook and cranny of her home until she found it. In those days the floors were comprised of beaten earth and brush, so her task was not an easy one. None the less, she unearthed the cash and called in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she found her lost coin.

Finding Lost People

The story ends by saying, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

Here we see a snapshot of a Creator who loves and cares for us so much that like the woman who tirelessly searches for her coin, God diligently searches for us until we are found. If, and when we turn to the Lord, God and the angels of heaven are filled with joy.

Perhaps a nagging voice has pushed its way into your consciousness hinting, “You’re lost.” If so, be assured that the Almighty is looking for you, waiting with arms wide open. What’s more, all of heaven will rejoice at your homecoming should you choose to return.

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