I remember seeing these milk cartons with the faces of missing children plastered all over them. The program started in 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa as a result of two child abductions. By 1985 the program had spread nationwide. Although a number of children were returned to their homes, the idea was short-lived. One of the problems was the complaints from parents that the pictures were frightening their own children. But the campaign did raise awareness and now, the spirit of it lives on in the electronic version, Amber Alert.
Today’s verse is all about being lost. It comes after three parables describing a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. Jesus came to this earth to seek out the lost ones. Those lost do not understand where they are nor where they are going. What is worse is not realizing one is lost! Being lost in Luke’s three parables meant separation from one’s owner or one’s Father. It is the same for us. When we live a life separate from our Creator, we lose the sense of who we are, where we are and where we are going!
How incredible that the Lord takes the initiative! He actively seeks me as I am too lost to find the way to Him on my own. He loves me enough to go out of His way and extract me from the mess of my own making. He left Heaven to come after me! I am no longer confused and lost, fearful or panicked. I am found now and I am His. I know where I am and to whom I belong. What security that is!
Thank you Lord, for seeking after me.