Mt. 18:14: “Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
The song of a Carolina Wren caught my attention this morning. I found it was perched on my fence, singing. I noticed a rustling in the garden below and realized that it’s mate was down there eating. I watched as they took turns perching and eating. It was nice to see the unity between the birds.
After that, I read the parable of the lost sheep, and I couldn’t help but see the way God shows us His feelings throughout His creation. Mt. 18:12 says that if one sheep is lost it will be sought. Every single one of us is important to God.
When we think of the way we feel about our own family, we can understand why this is important to God. If one of our own family becomes separated from us, we would give anything to bring them back to us. The birds I was watching this morning were in sync, so beautifully paired, that I know they’re union has meaning to them.
God put examples of His own feelings within His creation. We can better understand that God truly doesn’t want to lose a single one of us. He wants us all with Him. We are important to Him and it grieves Him to lose us, just as it grieves us to lose someone.
If we know someone’s family member is missing, we do everything in our power to help them find that person. God asked us to do the same with His children. When one strays away, or one hasn’t found the way to Him, He asks us to show them the way. He asks us to introduce them to the One who is the Way, Jesus Christ.
We can take a lesson from God’s creation and lovingly seek out God’s lost children and bring them to Him.
Lord, help us show them the Way. Help us to get over the fear of speaking to others about You. Help us to remember that the love we have for our own family is just a glimmer of the love You have for Your own children. Help us to be willing to seek and find those who are lost. We know this is Your will. Thank You for loving each one of us this much, Lord. You are a good Father.