My wife, Terry, and I felt the Holy Spirit leading us to help our stepfather, Anthony, by living part-time in his house in Souderton, PA. We also took our cat, Dusty, to live there. Last Wednesday night Dusty slipped out the garage door into the darkness. We did not discover his absence until Thursday morning (he’s never late for breakfast!). After looking through every spot in the house, I started searching outside…but with no success. As a house cat, Dusty would perish quickly in the wild. He wouldn’t know how to find food or water, and the cold nights would get to him. After looking for a while, I realized I needed help. So I passed out some papers to others in the development (describing our lost cat and putting my phone number on the bottom). During the day, I tried not to think too much about Dusty, but I felt this dull pain deep inside as I wondered how he was doing. I tried my best to trust God, but sometimes my mind struggled with the possibility that we would never see him again. During this time, the Lord spoke to my heart. He reminded me of how He feels about lost people. I was convicted. Here I am anxious about Dusty, but do I feel that way about lost people? Do I go out of my way to look for ways to help lost people find the love and salvation of Jesus. Dusty had it so well with plenty of food and surrounded by people who loved and cared for him. From the Bible, we get a glimpse of how God the Father feels for His lost children (read the parable of the lost son in Luke 15). Jesus also described His ministry in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” When I arrived home from Bible study on Thursday night, I immediately got a flashlight and started looking around the development. As I pointed the flashlight behind some shrubs on the side of the building, there he was! It didn’t take Dusty long to jump over the bush and follow me into the safety and warmth of the house…a happy ending indeed! May the Lord burden our heart to pray and search for those who are lost. The stakes are high! They need people—you and me—to show them the way home. Jesus loves the lost. Do we?
Pastor Mark Boucher