Lost and Found
Spreading The Truth One Byte At A Time
By Ron Bender© 2008, 2013
Have you ever been lost? It’s frightening!
But how sweet it is to be found and to see the smile of the one you love.
One time I got lost while hiking with my best friend. Being avid backpackers we never spoke of the incident again posibly due to our own pride. At any rate we had gotten turned around and lost our bearings. The sun was going down and it was getting cold. We started hiking stright down off the mountain toward a road where our car was parked. When we arrived at the road we realized we were almost five miles down hill from our starting point.
Another time my precious little four-year old girl got lost at a department store. We searched and searched for her and couldn’t find her. We went told the clerks and they were looking for her. We were so scared that she’d been kidnapped. We prayed and kept searching frantically. Then all of a sudden she appeared!
I’ve talked with many people who have been lost spiritually. Some are lost in sin and haven’t trusted in Jesus Christ to forgive them. Others are Christians, but struggling with an addiction and far from God. Still others “know” all the right Christian answers but yet they feel distant from God.
The Good Shepherd in Psalm 28
One day several years ago I was praying Psalm 28 in solitude and I came across these lines:
“Praise be to the Lord for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song… Be [our] shepherd and carry [us] forever” (verses 6-7, 9).
I was reminded of Jesus saying that he is a shepherd who looks high and low for lost sheep and rejoices to find them and bring them all the way home into God’s grace (Luke 15:1-7).
At the time I was longing to draw closer to Jesus. I felt compelled to go and pray at the “Lost is Found” statue that depicts what Jesus described. This is at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.
Be Captivated by Jesus!
As I meditated on Psalm 28 and the statue depicting Jesus’ story I found myself captivated by the Shepherd’s smiling face cuddled up to the lamb he had on his shoulders.
Then it hit me: I am that lamb! Jesus has found me and is singing his love over me! I was lost and now I am found.
My spirit sang and danced with my Lord, the children, and all the sheep as I appreciated his love for me—and not just for me, but also for the people in my life who I might help to be found by the Good Shepherd.
It was a close moment for me, a joyful embrace in Jesus’ love. To express my feelings and remember the experience I wrote this prayer poem:
His Smile is All we Need
Good Shepherd found me!
My heart leaps for joy
In songs of thanksgiving.
My Shepherd carries me forever.
His smile is all I need.
He put me atop his shoulders
And still holds me securely there
As we snuggle cheek to cheek.
I heard my Shepherd calling for me
And he heard my cry for help.
He rejoiced and sang over me
And I joined the angels in his song.
People gathered all around,
Lambs and rams skipped with delight,
Boys and girls danced in joyful song—
His smile is all we need.
Psalm 23 means so much to me and I love to share it with others. “My Soul Shepherding Psalm” helps our hearts to be found by Jesus.
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