“Oh, I’m so glad I’ve found you! I’ve been looking for you all morning. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being in the group with you – I really enjoyed the insights from the Bible you shared.”
The young woman before me had no idea how much healing her words were bringing to me. It was after I attended a Christmas banquet for a large Bible study group I was involved in. She was part of my small group. I had purchased my tickets for the banquet early, and had been looking forward to the event for weeks. It was going to be another time of fellowship with the small group I had gotten to enjoy. Yet, when I arrived, I was seated up in the balcony, far away from my Bible study group, with people I did not know. I felt confused, hurt, unimportant and rejected, but tried to make the best of the situation. (I later spoke to the leadership of the Bible study and found out why it happened. I was apologized to.)
I am still, years later, grateful for that young woman’s comments to me after that Christmas banquet. Her comments made me a “sought-out one”, somebody important enough to look for, instead of somebody who could be ignored or used.
Fast forward to a more recent day:
I am meeting a Christian friend for an afternoon coffee and since I am early and haven’t done my Bible reading for the day, I open my Bible. I do not get my reading done. The lady at the next table moves closer to me and wants to talk about some big questions. Questions like “why is life so hard” and “if God is real, why do things like school shootings happen?” and “does God know when I’ll die”. She refers to herself, not as a Christian, but as a seeker.
Oh my dear new friend – you may call yourself a seeker – but you are a sought after one. Jesus, the good shepherd is seeking for you. He is looking for you with deep love in his eyes. He knows all about your pain.
As my Bible lay open, another woman came over, and shared with us both. She was a pastor’s wife – and then my Christian friend arrived. My husband also came later to pick me up.
Dear seeker, dear sought after one, Jesus loves you so much that he put three Christian woman and a Christian man in your path today. May you find Him and live.
Remember, Jesus is Good Shepherd, the one who will leave the 90 and 9, and look for you – even sending people to coffee shops. As a pastor’s daughter, you have probably read the story of the Good shepherd before (John 10:1-18).
Dear sought after one, it’s time to come home. Don’t let questions stop you. The early disciples had questions too: they wanted to know when the Lord would restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus just said the answer to that question was in the Father’s hand – that not even the Son knew it! Yet, he challenged them to be followers of His – to be witnesses, even without knowing all the answers. We don’t have to know all the answers – we have to know Him.
This is an invitation to repent, to turn around, and look at the One who is seeking you and to begin to seek a deeper relationship with Him.
Prayer suggestion: Lord, I repent of my sins and acknowledge that you died for me. Lord, I want to follow you all the days of my life. Amen.