We All Like Sheep Have Gone AstrayLast year on vacation at St. George Island, we lost our 2 year old daughter at the beach. We were all in one place, digging in the sand and sitting under the umbrella when we realized Sophie wasn't with us anymore. As expected we panicked and went searching frantically in every direction for her. I found her a couple hundred yards down the beach in the arms of a young couple who was walking her back our way. After the most heartfelt thank you I have ever given out, I took Sophie back to the rest of the family. I have never felt such fear before or since that day.
This evening in the van, we were talking about going on vacation this summer when Sophie asked us "Remember when I was looking for you at the beach?" We assured her we did remember (I don't think we will ever forget) and then asked her what happened that day. She responded, "You leaved me." We reminded her that we never moved and that she was the one who wandered off.
This reminds me of our relationship with our Father. How often do we get busy and distracted doing our own thing, only to look up one day and not be able to find God anywhere around. We search for Him, but can't seem to find Him. When He finally finds us and brings us back to safety, we ask Him, "Where did you go? Why did you leave me alone like that?" He reminds us ever so gently that He did not ever move, that it was us who left Him. The great news is that He always comes looking for us, He always brings us back to the safety of His presence no matter how often we stray.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?