Lost and Found

A Bender Byte Moment

By Ron Bender © 2011

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.

Being Lost

One time I got lost leading my 11-year old son on a hike up a mountain. We were coming down the peak and got lost. The sun was going down and it was very cold. We were hiking through snow, far from help, shivering and trembling with fear. Just in the nick of time God brought us some other hikers who knew the way back down the mountain.

Another time my precious little four-year old girl got lost at Disneyland. We searched and searched for her and couldn’t find her. We went told the park officials and they were looking for her. We were so scared that she’d been kidnapped. We prayed and 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 about a 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.

Be Captivated by Jesus!

As I meditated on Psalm 28 and the story I found myself captivated by the image of 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 enjoy 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. “Soul Shepherding Psalm” helps our hearts to be found by Jesus.



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