Have you ever lost something that you really liked? Maybe it wasn’t even valuable, or even necessary, but you miss it.
Some years ago I sold jewelry through a network marketing company. These pieces featured Swarovski crystals. I purchased a few pieces for myself. One pair of earrings I particularly liked. They were simple yet elegant. One day when I decided to wear them I discovered I only had one of the pair. I looked all over but could not find it’s mate. Periodically I would check around on the floor under the dresser and in the drawers to double check, but never found that earring.
This reminded me of the time, as a young child, I lost one of a pair of my mother’s earrings by dropping it accidentally down a knothole in the floor. I used to go back to that hole and look down it trying to see where that earring had landed. Of course it was impossible to see into the darkness of the space between the first and second floor of the house. One of my first posts on this site was about this. I apologize that the photos on those first posts have disappeared, but you can still read about it if you like.
A couple of months back, I decided to give it one more try. I knew I had never come home with only one earring, so it had to be somewhere in my apartment. I scanned under the dresser one more time. Nothing. Then I decided to get my little flashlight and do a final search. I had little hope of finding it, but lo and behold! There it lay. Now I have a complete pair which I can wear. I am sure you can see by the picture why I like them so much.
When I contemplated this the other day I realized that this state of being lost then found is just like we are before we come to the Lord. We are quite lost. Sometimes we are even aware that we are lost, but do not know how to be found. Just like that lost earring, we cannot find ourselves. We need someone to search us out. Then Jesus comes into the picture and “finds” us. He rescues us from the darkness and brings us out into the light so we can shine like those Swarovski crystals. We become useful in the Kingdom of God as we do His bidding.
What have you lost that you would like to find again? Perhaps we should all ask ourselves what we have lost from our lives that we need to retrieve to be whole once again. Have we lost some of the fruit of the Spirit? Or perhaps some of our zeal for serving? Maybe we have “lost” our quality time with the Lord in prayer, reading of the word or just listening to Him. Is it time to invite Jesus to help us to find that place once again so we can be fully useful to the Lord? Is it time to recommit ourselves to Him and to serve His and others with our whole heart? These are questions we should ask ourselves on a regular basis so that anything we have lost can be found quickly and not take years to rediscover. Like my earring.
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