“How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18: 12-14)
No one is lost to God. Not a single of His ideas is less than precious to Him; all are worth His care, His guidance, a place in His flock, in His loving home. No one has gone beyond or outside of the Father-Shepherd’s interest or influence. No one child has gotten lost in the shuffle of so many others, to disappear and be less than important, less than beautiful, less than beloved.
Those that stay faithful and true–the homebody sheep that stay close to what feels comfortable and right–are already in a solid and familiar place. They are not left alone when the Shepherd goes to seek the lost. His presence and love remain with them, and they know it. They don’t feel slighted when the Shepherd goes in search of the lost one or even the disobedient one. It is what they know He, Love, will do. That missing sheep is one of their own brethren. They don’t feel complete without that little one safe with them.
No one is cast off. No one is abandoned and left to fate. Our God consciously and conscientiously seeks us out. He knows that human mistakes that take us off our human course have not ever taken us out of His Love which is everywhere. He knows the one He has nurtured and He sees this little one’s real potential, goodness, and beauty.
We may seem at times to abandon our best life or may feel abandoned by others, but God, our good Life, has never left us or forgotten us. He knows exactly how to find us for He sees us even when we hide from goodness. He hasn’t stopped believing in us, watching us, and loving us.
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