“Hurry, hurry, hurry! Let’s be on time today, girls!”, I said as I shoveled my children out the front door. It seems that no matter what time we wake up in the morning, there’s always something that comes up at the last minute. Having females in my house means those “somethings” are usually wardrobe related. Or hair. Someone always forgets to do their hair.
But this time, the hold-up was out of the ordinary. I couldn’t find my keys! I have a designated place where I keep them, and since my purse is not the sterio-typical endless pit where anything could get lost inside, I was perplexed. I quickly scanned every pocket and then every memory of my brain to figure out where they could possibly be. In the short time we had to get out the door, I didn’t manage to find them.
Thankfully, I had a spare set to the doors of the house. So I grabbed those and got the family to where we needed to go. But for the next 24 hours, my mind could not rest. I simply HAD to find those keys! I’ve read countless stories of God speaking to people in thoughts of wisdom as a direct result of prayer. And quite honestly, I have had my fair share of those times as well! So I knew that the all-knowing God could help me if I just quieted myself for a moment and prayed.
“Lord, You know where my keys are and You know how important they are to me. Please speak to my mind direction of where to look for them.”
The very next thought I had was a picture of my jacket. I went searching for it, but couldn’t find that either! Now I was REALLY perplexed. I began calling places I had recently been. I turned over everything I owned looking for it. Finally, I had exhausted every possibility. The next morning,while doing household chores, I asked the Lord again for help. I felt desperate to find what I had lost.
When I got to my kids bedroom, something caught my eye. Jetting out beneath a pile of the kids laundry was what looked like the sleeve of my jacket. I pulled it out and sure enough, it was! I grabbed the pockets of either side and found my missing keys.
In an instant, I went from feeling despondent to exuberant! All I could say, as I got on my knees was, “Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord! Thank You!”
Isn’t it just like God to care for things that are lost? Yeshua, God’s Son, gave us many examples of the Father’s heart concerning this matter.
“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”- Luke 15:8-10.
The story before this in the same chapter was of a shepherd leaving all to find his one lost sheep. And after these comes a story of a father rejoicing over the return of his prodigal son.
Friends, this is the heart of our God. He is pursuing people with His love so that we might find our home in Him. And He invites you and me to be a part of the search and also the rejoicing!
If you are praying for a loved one to come to know Jesus as their Savior, don’t give up! God is at work through your prayers and desires for all men to be saved. Perhaps you are the one who feels you have lost your way? Friend, it is never too late to run home. The Father is always watching, always waiting for you to return to Him. And friends, if you have never had a heart for people who don’t know the Lord, I encourage you to ask God for His heart of compassion. As much as I felt restless until I had found my keys, how much more does God earnestly desire for the lost of this world to be found, at peace and to rejoice in knowing Him?