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God Specializes In Finding Lost Things

                                                      
November 14, 2018
Dear Friends,

We circled the parking garage.  The car had to be right around
the next corner.  It was like something right out of a Seinfeld
episode. We thought we remembered exactly where we had
parked. The car wasn't there. We walked around and around.
Then I started laughing.  I felt like George Costanza.

"How could we forget where we parked?" I said. My friend
commented that every floor looks alike.  I retraced our steps
in my brain. I remembered getting out of the car and seeing the
highway up the ramp and off to the left. The highway was there
but my car was nowhere to be found.

"Maybe it got towed?" my friend said.  I stopped laughing.  It
was possible, but not plausible.  So we continued the search.
"I don't think we parked this high up," he said. No sooner had
the words come out of his mouth when I turned the corner and
saw the car. "There it is!" I exclaimed and leapt for joy.

Truth be told, it was the second time in two days that I had lost
the car.  A day earlier I was attending a conference at the Bent
Tree Bible Church in Dallas, Texas. The parking lot went on
forever. The church itself took up a city block. I was disoriented
when I left the building and I panicked. My heart began to race.
Had my car been stolen? Thank goodness, I found it on the other
side of the building.

I don't have to tell you that there is a joy that is beyond description
when you find something that you thought was lost. Whether it is a
key, a twenty dollar bill or an old friend, the sensation of finding
something you thought you'd never see again makes your heart
glad. Jesus got that.

In Luke 15 Jesus shares three parables about losing things. He begins
with a story of a shepherd who risks everything by leaving the ninety
sheep to seek the one who was lost. Then he tells a story about a
woman who loses a valuable coin.  She turns her house upside down to
find it. He compares the two by saying, "Likewise, there is much
rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents."

It's the third parable that really hits home. It's the story of the
Prodigal son. That's our story. In it God reveals how much he loves
you and me. He is the good Father. He lets us go but never gives up
on us. He patiently and lovingly waits for us. We may think we are
lost but God is always looking for us.

If I can find my car with this limited brain of mine, you can bet that
God won't let anything get in the way of him finding you. He loves
you. And he won't stop looking until you are safe in his everlasting
arms.

God bless! See you in church.
Cal
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