The other night, something jolted me awake from a dead sleep at around 2:30 a.m. My left hand immediately flew to my ear, and I realized that the diamond stud earring that I always wear was gone. Oh, no! Quickly I checked my right ear, and that stud was firmly in place.
I checked the left again. Yep, still gone.
Not wanting to wake my sleeping husband, I began feeling around my pillow in the dark to see if I could find the earring. I found the back to it, but no diamond stud. Had my husband added my jewelry on our homeowner’s insurance? I wasn’t sure…but I knew I had to find that earring.
I went into the bathroom as I thought that would be the most likely place for the earring to have fallen out. I turned on the light and looked everywhere. No luck.
I went back into the bedroom and decided that I had to search the bed. I couldn’t find it by feel, and I started wondering if it had fallen to the floor. I had visions of it being sucked up into the vacuum cleaner, never to be seen again. I had to find it, even if it meant tearing the whole house apart in the process.
Eventually I turned on the bedside lamp, hopeful that it wouldn’t disturb my husband. I turned back the covers….and there it was. Whew!!! What a relief. I quickly turned off the lamp again and then tightly fastened the earring back into my left ear where it belonged. The whole escapade didn’t even wake up my husband. 🙂
In Luke 15, Jesus tells a parable of a woman who lost a gold coin and turned her whole house upside down looking for it. A parable is a story that Jesus used to help his contemporaries understand what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. In the parable, the woman eventually found her lost coin. When she found it, she threw a party and invited her friends to come and celebrate with her. In verse 10, Jesus concludes:
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). To repent just means to turn away from your sinful ways and to embrace God’s ways. Jesus says that even the angels of God rejoice when just one sinner repents. Isn’t that amazing?
I well remember in my own faith story, which you can read here, how God used a pastor’s words to help me “Get found!” Yes, I was the lost child that God valued so highly that He would have torn apart the whole house looking for me. When I came out of hiding on October 14, 2001 and got found by Him, there was rejoicing in Heaven – they threw a party to celebrate! Can you imagine that?? It’s astonishing to me.
You can get found, too, if you haven’t already. Just pray a humble prayer that you truly mean from the bottom of your heart, and Jesus will accept you. You don’t have to clean up your act first or get your life in order – He wants you just as you are, right now, wherever you are. His Word tells us that “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). You can use your own words, or you can pray this simple prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinful person and I have fallen short of your glory. I ask that You would please forgive me of all of my sins – past, present and future – and wash me clean. I no longer want to live that life; I want to follow Your ways. From this day forward, please come into every area of my heart and lead my life. Be my Savior. I receive your gift of grace and I receive your incredible love for me. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.”
AMEN!!! If you have just prayed that prayer, would you please tell me so that I can celebrate with you? If you’ve already received Him, I’d love it if you’d post your date in the comments below so that I can celebrate you as well. 🙂 Blessings to all of you!