Scariest moment of my life: I lost our cat.
We traveled to Louisiana for Christmas. And… we took the cat. Who travels with a cat? Apparently no one but us. So we bought the cat a harness and a leash. This sounds like a great idea, right?
Well, thirty minutes into our 14-hour trip, Sam peed in his cat carrier. And it did not smell pleasant. So we pulled over on the side of the interstate and I put Sam on his leash. He was fine until a diesel drove by in the nearest lane, he freaked out, pulled a Houdini (he managed to escape from his harness), and ran into the woods.
Sam was in the woods on the side of the road and nobody else noticed. I ran to the woods, back to the car, and we started looking and calling for the missing cat.
To make a long story short, I went into the woods, Sam meowed, walked by, and I chased him down carefully. When I had the chance, I grabbed him. When we were all safely back in the car, I realized that I smelled like cat pee. (Yes, it was gross. Thankfully, my mom brought pet deodorizer spray along, and by the end of 14 hours, I smelled fine.)
Why did I tell you a story about my cat? Just keep reading.
After losing my cat and then finding him, I was so relieved! And I thought of some verses in Luke 15. In this chapter there are three parables:
1. The Parable of the Lost Sheep
2. The Parable of the Lost Coin
3. The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Each parable is about something, or someone, who is lost and then found. In the parable of the lost coin, a woman loses a coin. Here are Jesus’ words:
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?” (Luke 15:8)
Just like I was not going to leave the side of the highway until I found Sam, God seeks after the lost diligently. He desires that all experience a personal relationship with Him.
“And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost’”(Luke 15:9).
When I found Sam, I was so relieved! My worried tears turned to happy tears! God rejoices when we turn to Him.
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
God so dearly loves His people. And there is so much celebration over just one who chooses to follow Christ.
So do I know exactly how God feels when a lost person accepts Christ as their Savior and Redeemer? Not exactly. But after having experienced losing my cat and rejoicing at finding him again, these parables make a little more sense.
Have you ever had an experience that allowed you to understand the Bible or God’s character a little better?