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The Lost Vest

Tuesday December 13, 2016

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?     -Luke 15:4


My husband Harold’s favorite vest went missing a few days ago. So, for days he was frantically searching everywhere imaginable to try to find it.

He checked the laundry, his closet, my closet, the garage, his truck, my jeep, his office, our living room, the extra bedrooms….everywhere. There was no sign of his favorite vest.

Honestly, I was pretty unconcerned with the loss of the vest. It is camo….which I think should not be on clothing. Plus, it seems more often than not that he’s asking me if I have seen something of his.

Eventually, after days of him tearing apart the house to find this vest, I began to show some concern. We put our heads together, and decided to look behind his camo closet, that’s in the garage. There we found the vest. It had fallen behind. Harold’s face lit up when he grabbed that vest.

The lost vest was back where it belonged.

I saw the pursuit of the Lord in my husband. God is always looking, and always asking if we have seen something of His. He desperately wants us to join Him in looking for His people.

Many times as Christians we act like I did when my husband lost his vest. We don’t act at all. We sit back and hope that eventually it will turn up instead of relentlessly searching until that thing is found.

Just like the vest mattered to Harold. Lost people desperately matter to God.

God is constantly calling and searching for His people that have fallen behind. His search is unceasing, non-stop, never ending, continuous. He loves His people. He is persistent in helping them be found.

My husband’s vest probably could have been found much sooner if I would have helped him pursue finding it.

The lost people around you will be found so much sooner if you pursue them. Join God on the relentless pursuit of bringing people back to where they belong.

Prayer: “God, help me to not sit back while their are lost people that desperately need to be found. Open my eyes to all the people that are around me. Thank you for the people in my life that have helped me be found. In your name I pray, Amen.”

-Whitney Flach