Lost

Wednesday

Feeling lost is a terrible feeling.

Years ago on the way out of Disneyland Kyle got lost. I wasn’t holding his hand at the time and when I looked around I didn’t see him. He got distracted by a new toy and got lost in the surging crowd. I told Bobby, we stopped and immediately began the search. We went back to where we came from and began calling his name. Within moments, Bobby had him but Kyle was shaken up.

Big tears welled up in his eyes and he said, “I couldn’t see you, I couldn’t find you”. I gave him a big hug and I heard Bobby say, “You did the right thing- you stopped right where you were. We will always find you, always come back and get you.”

Kyle stuck close to me for a while after that and didn’t let go of my hand. He wanted the security of my hand and needed me to guide him through the crowd. He knew I could see more than he could, that I was stronger than he was, could protect him and knew where we were going. I was more than fine with him trusting me to guide him – I wanted to. I wanted my child close and I didn’t let go of his hand either.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”    Luke 19:10

Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost. He came equipped with the Father’s heart of desperation to find them. To find you & me.

He came for the ones that got distracted, swallowed up by the crowd and blinded by those around them. For the ones who panic and don’t know who or where they are.

Jesus came to:

Seek and save.

Find and hold.

Reclaim and restore.  

Many things can cause that terrible “I’m lost” feeling. It’s a scary feeling.

Stop wherever you are and let Jesus find you. He loves you and has crossed the boundary of heaven and earth to embrace you with His love.  Let Him guide you through the crushing crowd of fears and failures. He can see more than you can, is stronger than you are and knows how to direct you out of it.

Hold on and let Him hold onto you today.

Culitivating a Quiet Life 

  
Culitivating a quiet life begins with your heart.

It ‘s more like a garden than a to do list.

It needs loving care and tending to.
 
It needs to be protected from predators.

All weeds MUST be pulled.

New things NEED to be planted.

Old things NEED to be pruned.

An untended garden grows wild and will produce good things as well as weeds. An untended garden is vulnerable to virus as well as open to destruction. It is the same with your heart.

Only you are not the gardener, God is.

You are the soil. 

You invite Him in, He works.
You spend time with Him, He works.
You obey Him, He works.

It is a partnership but different than you are used to. Your most important job is to give Jesus time, opportunity and full access to do His work in your heart. 

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. 

God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. 

In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:19-21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I am asking God to culitivate a quiet inner life with Him wherever I am in the loud world around me and it all begins with my heart. 

What are you asking for today?