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You can count on one thing for certain – Texas weather can change in a split second! Hot as the dickens one day, freezing the next. Same with storms, and we had a humdinger of a storm in East Texas recently.

I received a phone call from a lady in Arkansas this week after a recent storm in our area. She asked if I had any relatives close to the Texas-Arkansas line. I told her we had family all over the region. She then explained she discovered a framed picture in her backyard signed “J. Efurd.” I was intrigued and astonished at the same time. She volunteered to send the picture to me so we could track down the owner. Now that’s right up my investigative alley!

As remarkable as this story sounds, even more remarkable was my realization that we (you and me) may be lost, breaking ties with family or friends, but we are never lost to God. In Him, we are found.

Sometimes we lose our way and begin searching for feelings of security and belonging in other places and things. We may feel unhappy, confused, or alone. Lostness doesn’t always look like suffering. It may be just not knowing where you are or where you’re going. 

And yet, regardless of how lost or alone we may feel at times, we deeply matter to God. He is the one who can bring us home and save us from the fear, anxiety, and insecurity we carry with us. He’s going to find us and bring us home. 

Jesus tells us the parable of the lost sheep. A lost sheep in the wilderness of Judea was doomed. It had no protection and it would take only a short time before the coyotes or other predators would attack and kill it. A lost dog may eventually find its way home, but a lost sheep is unable to do so. This is a perfect analogy of a lost human. Jesus said that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him (John 6:44, 65). Paul says that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4). Without faith we are lost and helpless, prey for the enemy unless God intervenes. But, thank God, He has intervened! Jesus shows us that fact.

The shepherd leaves his 99 other sheep and goes after the lost one, searching until He finds it. The woman who lost her coin sets aside all her other work and diligently searches until she finds it. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who described His mission as “to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus, our Shepherd, counts His sheep to make sure every one is accounted for. He values each of us, young and old. God wants us to experience His love and blessings.

“Amazing grace! . . . I once was lost, but now am found.” — John Newton

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