December 10, 2015

Read Luke 15:10 

Recently I lost my wedding ring.  Oh, the horror!  I agonized and obsessed over it, retracing my steps, making phone calls, doing anything I could think of to jog my memory or find a clue.  I’ll also admit to a long, ugly cry!  It was as if I had lost part of myself, and I longed to be made right again.

Through this process, I was praying, and God was speaking.  He was showing me a little of what it is like for Him when those He loves are far away.  I realized that I had gotten complacent with my prayers for the lost as well as my reactions to the Spirit’s promptings.  God humbled me to the core in this.  Stopped me in my tracks.  Set me straight.  Pointed me outward instead of inward.  Let me know in no uncertain terms that I needed to be more concerned about the eternal future of people He loves than about a small rock that I wore on my hand.

Ouch.

Jesus’ agony on the cross – and subsequent resurrection - offered us the opportunity to be in right, close relationship with Him and share that opportunity with others.  I’m grateful for His redirection, and grateful for the ring that I was ecstatic about finding just over a week later!  “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Let’s be about close relationships with Him this Christmas and always!