You may have heard this story before but it is worth telling again. It is a story that reminds us of God’s love and our worth.
There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains.
The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain.
They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home. The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another.
After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet. Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them.
They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb. And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?
One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”
It was said that Jesus welcomed and ate with tax collectors, prostitutes and “sinners” much to the self-righteous Pharisees’ dismay. They didn’t like it at all.
Jesus told three parables – parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.
The basic message of all three is about the depth of God’s love for people.
It says that should this Shepherd lose one of his sheep, He would leave ninety-nine behind and go find the one that is lost.
The shepherd will do that because each sheep is very valuable and He cares greatly for each one.
Yes, sometimes we feel lost and other times we are lost.
Sometimes we lose the way and other times we insist on walking our own path.
But irrespective of where we are or how we got there, one fact remains standing it:
It doesn’t matter how lost, stuck, or pig-headed we get, the Shepherd will always leave ninety-nine behind to come and find you … and He will find you …
The reason? Quite simple. You and me … we are His.
The question however is, can you put your lost-ness, inequities, “stuck-ness,” guilt, shame and whatever else behind you, and welcome His love?
Can you learn to accept forgiveness and learn to live with yourself?
Can you learn to accept your worth being more than what you might believe about yourself?
Do you want to be found?
just tell Him …
May light and peace fill your life.