Matthew 18:12-14 ““What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

Here is a clear picture of God’s heart for His children. When we are lost, He notices our absence. We matter enough to Him that He can tell when we’ve wandered off. The party just isn’t the same without you there. God values each one of us so much that He goes looking for us when we have lost our way. The thing about God though, He knows exactly where we are all the time. So really, we are only lost in our eyes. We’ve only wandered away from God from our perspective. The moment we turn back to God, or the moment that we allow Him to rescue us, fills God with immense joy. It feels so good to be loved like that. To be wanted, cared for, accepted by God. But just like dumb sheep, we wander away again. We leave that love in search of greener grass at times, or we lose our way and go astray as we veer off the path that He has for us. I wish that I could just stay at home with God always, never failing to be right there in His arms, experiencing His perfect love. That’s where life is really full. That’s when I feel the most alive and His joy overflows my heart.

Thank you, God, for your unfailing love. Thank you for missing me when I stray and rejoicing over my return. Thanks for never leaving me in the wilderness alone. Thanks for the warmth of your embrace. Thanks for making a home for me with you in heaven for eternity. Thanks for being my God.