"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27"

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lost & Found

I got another great post from Girlfriends in God on Monday.  After reading it, I could totally relate to it.  I never really considered myself lost but now looking back I can see that I was.  Yeah, I prayed and believed in God and His Son but not like I do now.  Now thinking about what God did for us, sending His ONLY Son to die for us… US!  I don’t deserve it, I seem to let Him down daily and His Son but They continue to love me, stay with me and be patient with me!  Everything that Jesus went through, His life… growing up and how He lived.  He was so patient, calm, kind and loving to all!  The ‘cup’ He chose to drink because His Father said it had to be.  He did it all for His Father and for us!  and He still asked His Father to forgive them for they know not what they do… 
Yes, I was so very lost and didn’t even know it.  God and His Son still chose to stick with me, wait patiently on me and chose to forgive me, for all the wrong I did and for not loving Them they way that They loved me.  After rededicating, finding an AMAZING Pastor and church family, amazing Christian brothers and sisters online is what helps me to see how lost I really was.  I am so thankful for Their love and for my new families love!  And I am so very thankful that I have now been found!!  Check out the song Alabaster Box at the very bottom.  Thanks Desiray for telling me about the song.  Great song!!!

January 3, 2011
What Does It Mean to be Lost?
Sharon Jaynes
Today's Truth
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10 NIV).
Friend to Friend
It was our first trip to Disney World and my video camera was poised to capture those precious memories. But the video didn't start out as I had planned. As it begins, we're in some type of welcoming center where children are running around climbing on various objects, crawling through tunnels, and swinging from monkey bars.  As the "movie" comes into view, the first thing I see is my husband, Steve, running toward the camera, his face growing larger and larger until it fills the frame.
"Where's Steven," he cries. "I can't find him anywhere!"
Then the screen goes blank.
What a way to start our vacation! Steven had wandered away, climbed into one of those tunnels and had yet to emerge. Of course we panicked. Who wants to lose their kid at Disney World? Of course we found him. He had no idea he was even lost.
Ah, did that last sentence give you pause? He had no idea he was even lost...
Even as I wrote it, God quickly reminded me that I was in the same situation. There is no one more lost than someone who doesn't even know that he is lost. I had no idea I was lost, and yet my Heavenly Father found me.
Lost. It is still very relative to the human condition. What does it mean to be lost? How did we get into this situation of such lostness, darkness, and emptiness? It all began in the Garden of Eden when man chose to disobey God and sever their relationship. The Bible tells us, from the very moment Eve sunk her teeth into the forbidden fruit, and every person has been born with a live body and soul, but a dead spirit - separated from God. Rejected. But God did not leave us that way.  As soon as Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the shadow of the cross appeared on the horizon and God began to unfold His magnificent redemptive plan. 
After Adam and Eve disobeyed, they hid from God.  When He came looking for them in the cool of the evening, He asked the first question recorded in the Bible...Where are you?  That question runs like a scarlet thread from Genesis through Revelation.
Where are you?  No matter what you've done, no matter how far you've strayed from His perfect plan for your life, He is always in pursuit of you.  We come into this world lost, separated from God, wandering around looking for something, and yet not even sure what that something is.  All you have to do is come out from hiding and say...Here I am, Lord.
From Genesis through Revelation, we see that plan unfurl right before our eyes. In my next devotion, I'll look at what it means to be saved. The book of Romans outlines the steps of salvation beautifully. We're going to take a walk down the Romans Road to discover how to move from rejected to accepted...how to receive the gift of eternal life in the future and abundant life today.
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, Thank You for pursuing me, for finding me, and for saving me. I was so lost and didn't even know it. Thank You for rescuing me even in my ignorance. 
In Jesus' Name,

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1 comment:

Desiray said...

Excellent post sis I we all can relate to it. There is no fun in being lost, I get nervous when i am lost. And when I was living life accordingly to me I was so lost, so lost and such a mess I did not bring others with me for I did not want them to be lost like I was. But thanks be to God Jesus found me and I was lost no more..Oh that is why I love the song Alabaster Box, because no one was there when He found me, you did not know where He brought me through, and for that I pour my praise on Him like Oil from Mary's Alabaster Box. I wipe my feet with my hair and wash them with my tears. No one knew what I felt when He found me. Thank you Jesus


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