Two weeks ago it happened... Courtney and I were standing in our garage talking to a friend from church and Noah disappeared. The kids were all playing in the garage around us while we were talking and we didn't notice that Noah snuck off. It was probably five minutes before we realized he was gone. At first we went out into the driveway looking for him and asking the neighbor kids if they saw him, he was no where to be found. We then got more worried and a frantic search began. All the worst case scenarios start going through your mind... what if he is hurt, what if someone took him, what if he is lost and wondering in the middle of some busy street. You immediately start thinking through all the scenarios of him getting hurt or worse and how bad of parents we are. Our frantic search lasted about 10 minutes until a neighbor from the next street over came carrying him down the street. It was the most scary event so far of my life as a parent.
Later I was reflecting on how it happened. Then I thought about the stories Jesus told in Luke 15 to demonstrate how God the Father searches for us as His children. He talks about a shepherd that leaves 99 sheep to go find the one that is lost and a woman who looses a coin and searches her entire house, turning it upside down to find the lost coin. I now understand these stories and the point Jesus was trying to make in a way that I never have before. I realized that as desperately as I was searching for Noah, God my Father pursued me in even a greater way before I knew Him. The great thing about God is that He never stops pursuing you and me. If you're far from God right now, God is searching for you in the same way. Will you turn to Him and be found?