Cheer Up and Live Like You Are Found
 
This weekend my family and I visited the zoo in Memphis.  It is a place we took our children often when they were young and now we take our grandchildren.  We always sing the "Zoo" song on the way and remember funny things that have happened on past visits.  The subject of being lost always comes up in those remembrances it seems.  We had our share of missing children at the zoo through the years, and we ourselves got lost getting there many times.  Now with age and experience getting there and back home is easier than it was back in the day.  And of course truth be told GPS is much wiser than any of us.  However, the lost children issues have not been solved with technology. Inevitably someone seems to wander from the group and everyone has to back track or fast forward to find that one which was lost.  Funny thing the lost never consider themselves lost when we find them. They are usually having a good time with the lions, or tigers, or bears. Oh my! 
 
Being lost and not realizing they were lost brought to mind a very opposite problem we had with my youngest son when he was small.  He had a great fear of being lost not just at the zoo, but anywhere.  When he was five or so Matthew would always ask his dad if he was sure he knew the way to get to wherever we were going.  If my husband wanted to play around he would pretend we were lost. Matthew would cry until we got to wherever we were going or until my husband , put his arms around him, wiped his tears,  and told him he was playing, which ever happened first.  Even when my husband and I assured him we were not really lost, he remained anxious and fearful until we arrived at our destination. 
 
So I am sure you all know where this is going.  There is a lost and dying world who have no idea they are lost.  They spend their days wandering around taking in the view of the world around them with no concern of where they are going to end up.  These are the lost- the "one" that Christ speaks of going to find.  As Christ's hands and feet we must constantly be backtracking or fast forwarding to  find them, rescue them, and lead them to Christ and His Salvation even if they don't realize how lost they are and how much they need Him.
 
But what about my second story of my son safe and sound in his dad's arms who constantly feared he was lost?
God's Word tells us "Do not fear."  But as Christians we sometimes fear.
 
God's Word tells us, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
Do we dare doubt that He does seek, find, and  safely save the lost?
 
God's Word tells us those dead now alive,  lost now found, should rejoice.
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Luke 15:24
Be HAPPY!!!! God found you! 
 
If you have  believed and accepted Christ as your Savior you are not lost, but found.  You are not dead, but alive.  You are a brand new creation. Enjoy your newness, your "foundness."
Your Father has wrapped His loving arms around you and you are safe.  Smile and share His love with the world
Be confident of your salvation in Christ. 
Enjoy your life as you journey toward everlasting life with Jesus. 
God's Word tells us  "For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ." Hebrews 3;14