We had one of those moments on Sunday that is the substance of every parent's worst nightmare....thinking you have lost a child. I'll fast-forward to the end....we found her (our 8 year old)....she was in the restroom....all is good.
I will say, though, there were a few minutes where panic and horror and terror started to come over us like a tidal wave. We scrambled around, started letting people know to be looking, we covered all the hallways and rooms and even ran around outside. We were consumed with the search. As a parent there is no question that you will use any means, any effort, any cost to find that missing child. Just before I was about to call the police, we found her, and hugged her, and held her and sighed in relief that she was back home with us. That's what God does when we He finds us and we come to Him.
In Luke 15, Jesus reveals the heart of our Father in Heaven for His missing kids...
4 "Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? 5 When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, 6 and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, 'Celebrate with me! I've found my lost sheep!' 7 Count on it - there's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
8 "Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' 10 Count on it - that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.
So today....let's remember. We have a heavenly Father who loves His kids. A lot of those kids are missing right now. May we grab hold of the heart of God and use whatever means necessary, short of sin, to help bring more and more missing kids back home to experience the joy, celebration and love of our amazing God!