This morning my husband got up early to go fishing…3 AM!
Before I go any further, let me just say, who in the world gets up that early to go fishing? I sometimes wonder how the two of us have remained together for so long. We are total opposites. There are not many activities that would make me consider getting of bed at that hour of the night!!
Back to 3 AM…
While my husband was in the process of locking the door and setting our house alarm, our indoor cat runs like a bullet out the front door.
Cat is a rescue cat, arrived in our yard a few years ago, injured and hungry. It was apparent he was once someone’s pet. He had his front paw caught through a flea collar. My husband is the one that rescued him…so there is a bond there. I’m the one that takes him to the vet, etc…so I’m…needless to say, the cat just tolerates me most of the time.
When I got up this morning, I went out onto the back porch. I barely had his name out of my mouth when he came flying from under some bushes, heading straight for the screen door. He never comes to me!!! He was hungry, had burrs and stickers all over him. So much for the great adventure!
Apparently what he thought was going to be a morning filled with fun was not all that it was cracked up to be. Like I said, who wants to be up and out at 3 AM? It’s dark and scary out there…even for a cat.
Isn’t that just what sin is like? It looks so good, it entices you, it’s shiny, and many time hits just the right buttons…and then when we are in the midst of that sin, we want back into the safety of the Father’s House.
The good news is that He never stops calling for us, He is wanting us back into the fold.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep is a beautiful word picture of how God seeks us out when we are wallowing in our sin.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7 (NIV)
Note that Jesus was referring to His lamb. It was one that belonged to Him that was lost and had wandered off. He says “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep…” This is the owner of the sheep, not a hired hand.
Jesus is telling us, that as one of His believers, it we stray, He will look for us, call out for us, and bring us back to Him. We just need to be listening for His call and come running back into His arms.
If you, my dear friend, have found yourself in the midst of something that looked like the great adventure, but was really a bunch of bushes with thorns, turn back to God. He is there waiting for you.
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