“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not 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)
You Rescued Me
You were lost and without hope in the world. You were on your own. You were all by yourself. You thought you were strong. You thought you were self-sufficient. You were independent and stubborn and strong willed. You thought you could handle whatever life brought your way. You did not want help. You didn’t need anyone’s advice. You lived for your own comfort. You sought your own pleasure. You were on a dark and lonely path. You were walking away from me. Yes, I was walking away from you.
Life was not good for you. You experienced the pain that comes from the kind of life you were living. You were weary. You were worn out. You were bruised and battered and broken by life. You hurt others. Others hurt you. You were wounded and in need of healing. Yes, I was in great pain. I wanted something else. I needed something more. I was looking for something different. I needed and wanted you. I didn’t know that at the time. All I knew is that I was empty inside. I ached all over. I know that I cried out to you. I asked you for your help. Yes, you did cry out to me. It was more like a scream. Yes, it was. You asked me to show myself to you, if I was real. Yes, that was my scream. Did you accept that as my prayer? Yes, I did.
Did I show myself to you? Yes, you showed yourself to me. Did I seek you out? Did I pursue you in your pain? Wasn’t I your Good Shepherd? Weren’t you one of my lost sheep? Yes, you pursued me. Yes, you sought me out. You responded to my cry. You came to me. You took me out of the muck and mire that was my life. You set my feet on solid ground. You forgave all my sin. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You carried me. You calmed me. You brought me to a place where you could revive, refresh and restore my soul. Now, you are my Savior and Lord. Now I am on the path of life walking with you. Yes, you are. I am so thankful that you rescued me.
Lord, I was off by myself, stubbornly wandering in a life of sin. My life was a mess. I was bruised and battered. You left heaven to find and save me. Thank you for healing and rescuing me and giving me a new life of following you. Amen
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