Have you ever searched for something only to have it turn up later, perhaps after replacing it?
It happens every year at this time my annual quest to find my gloves from the previous year. It is getting close to that time of year that a person needs gloves in my neck of the woods, so I look in my car, my home office, my bedroom etc. It is not an exhaustive search like when I can’t find my keys, but it is a search. After giving up the search, I always end up buying a pair of gloves. After buying a new pair, the old ones mysteriously surface somewhere.
Jesus talked about searching/seeking in stories he told to explain spiritual truths. In Luke Chapter 15 he shared three such stories; the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the famous story of the Prodigal Son. The one about the lost coin reminds me of my annual search for my gloves.
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
One thing about a coin is that the coin does not know it is lost. Yet the woman searches for it and rejoices when she finds it. We do not know how lost we are, but Jesus does. He never stops trying to get our attention. He is relentless in his pursuit of us. When we come to know Jesus, there is a party in heaven.
So today I will go buy a pair of gloves and will remember the story of the lost coin as I do so. Maybe the pair from last year will turn up later. 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.