Charlyne Cares for Kids

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Keep Looking

So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” Luke 15:3-7 (NLT)

Claire took one last look in the mirror before she headed out the door to school. The new outfit she had helped Mom pay for looked pretty good. But, she decided, it would look even better with the star necklace Dad had given her a couple of years ago. A quick peek in her jewelry drawer did not turn it up. Neither did her frantic pawing. She checked the top of her dresser, her closet and even under the bed. No necklace.

Claire was deeply disappointed. That necklace was a favorite of hers and she wore it often. Now it was lost. At the breakfast table, Mom could see that something was wrong. Claire told her about the necklace. Mom said, “That necklace isn’t lost, it’s just waiting to be found. Keep looking, Claire.”

And Claire did keep looking. She looked that day after school, she cleaned out all her drawers that weekend, she turned over all the cushions that next week. Still no necklace. A few weeks passed and Claire quit looking.

One morning Mom asked her about the necklace. Claire admitted that she had given up, she had quit looking. “Claire,” Mom said, “What if Jesus had quit looking for you and for me? What if he had given up? It took a long time for us to be found. I know there were some people who had quit praying for us. But just because they had given up doesn’t mean that Jesus did. He kept looking. No matter how far we went or how long it took. He did not want to give up on us. And look what we have now. We have the Lord in our life, peace and comfort, blessings beyond measure. I’m glad that Jesus never quit looking for us, aren’t you.?”

But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:2-4 (NLT)

Claire had to agree. When Dad had first left, she and her mom were pretty lost. Lots of people prayed for them and for their family. But they had resisted being found. Finally, one Sunday at church, something or Someone really got their attention. Claire and her mom had been among those to make their way to the front of the church, surrendering their will and their way to Jesus. Claire was surprised at how peaceful their home and their lives had become. Oh, there were still lots of circumstances and still lots of hurt, but with Jesus carrying their burdens, it wasn’t so bad. And there had been blessings along the way. The man who offered to fix their old water heater for free, the neighbor across the street who mowed their lawn for them, the kid next door who walked the dog when they were late getting home.

But even more than these material blessings, was the comfort and peace they had found amid a tough situation. And the faith. Faith that the Lord had promised He would find her dad and bring him home. Faith that He would take Dad’s heart of stone and turn it to a heart of flesh. Faith that God could do anything.

As Claire climbed into the car for school that morning, her bookbag happened to catch on the seat latch. Reaching down to unhook it, she caught a glimmer of something silver peeking out from under the floor mat. Claire pulled it out. It was her star necklace. Claire picked it up and held it tightly in her hand. She knew it was a promise from the Lord. That He had been working all along for her to find the necklace and that He was still working on Dad. Just as the necklace had reappeared after she thought it was lost, she firmly believed that the Lord was still looking for her dad and that he, too, would soon reappear.

The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. Zechariah 9:16

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska


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