"Lost In America"
Mannequins in lingerie loomed menacingly above me as I searched the aisles for my lost mother. She was no where to be found. Overcome by fear, I screamed bloody murder as I realized I was the one who was lost! Suddenly, a sales clerk appeared next to me. Bending over she asked, “Are you lost, little boy?” As a 6 year old confronted with women’s underwear, I began to weep uncontrollably. Slowly and mercifully the clerk picked me up and set me down by the cash register. As she comforted me, a piece of candy appeared and I heard my name announced on the loud speaker “A little boy named Gary is looking for his lost parents!” Soon I was reunited with my mother, and I rejoiced!I’m sure you’ve been lost before; maybe you feel bewildered even now. Our world can be a bit overwhelming. Considering financial pressures, family dynamics, the stress of our work world, and simply surviving our culture, life definitely takes its toll. Ever wondered, “How in the world did I arrive at this place in my life?” Lost in America…which way do we turn?What do you do when you’re all by yourself and you wonder if tomorrow will be any different? How do you feel in those quiet moments when no one else is around and you just feel lost? It’s so easy to attempt to drown those feelings by drinking too much or taking drugs. Too often we try to fill the void with people, busyness, sex, possessions, and overwork. Does it help? If we were totally honest, we ultimately have two choices: go it alone and make the best of a difficult world, or do the smart thing and trust our lives to the God who never forsakes us. Don’t make the mistake and think you’ve got the handle on life and you don’t need God. We all do, and we need the God who rescues us and celebrates our lives! Jesus, in Luke 15, says: “Suppose a shepherd has 100 sheep and loses one. Does he not leave the 99 and go out to find the lost one? When he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulder and goes home…in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous ones…”Whatever reason you’re lost and alone, take heart! The Lord has come to find you. Turn around and see His eyes of compassion and His arms opened wide! God doesn’t expect us to “find our own way home”. If you were the only person lost, Jesus Christ would leave the rest of us just to find you.As sure as my mother rejoiced when I was found, the Lord God declares “Party Time” when Jesus carries us home. The One who loves you, the Sovereign Lord says, “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.” Ezekiel 34:16.Vail, Colorado