It was a beautiful day for the annual fall bazaar in Delmar Springs CA. The streets were full of people visiting the plethora of craft merchants in town. Jennifer Crowley had taken David, her six-year-old, to the bazaar with her.
As they walked down the street hand-in-hand, Jennifer met a friend, and the two struck
up a conversation. While they were talking, several people suddenly rushed by, breaking Jennifer’s grip on David’s hand. Afterwards, Jennifer looked down, but David had disappeared.
She anxiously scanned the crowd, but no David. Trying to stifle panic, Jennifer ran through the crowd, her eyes darting back and forth for a glimpse of her son. After 10 minutes, she came upon a deputy sheriff, told him what had happened and he joined in the search. After 45 minutes, David was still nowhere to be found.
Jennifer was now in full panic and began sobbing. Scanning the crowd again, she froze as she looked toward the courthouse steps. There on the top step sat little David, watching the sea of
people below. Jennifer quickly ran up the steps, picked up her little boy and held him tighter than ever. “Momma, why are you crying?” David asked. “Because I found you!” she replied with a tearful smile.
In Luke 15, Jesus talked about three lost things - a sheep, a coin and a son. In each story, the one who had lost something was genuinely concerned over the loss. The man who lost the sheep left the other sheep to search, the woman who lost the coin cleaned her house to search, and the father of the lost son never stopped watching for his son to return.
When a Christian wanders from the fold (James 5:19-20) we should become as frantic as Jennifer did when David disappeared. Too often, however, are too busy to notice. God, however, intends for us to launch an immediate search for wayward souls. We need to pray for, and seek out, those who have "disappeared" from our church family.
Remember, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10.