If you don’t know, my wife and I do Photography on the side. If you want to see what we do, you can just click here. As you can see, we take pictures of weddings. And I don’t know if you know this, but weddings are kind of a big deal. Especially to the bride. And when you’re getting paid to take pictures, you’d better be able to come through.
Well, on Monday evening of this week, I was getting ready to download all the images from a wedding to the computer so my awesome wife could start editing them. Well, this thing happened. I could only find 2 of the 3 CD cards. And of course the one card I couldn’t find was a very important card. It was the one that had the most images on it, including all the family pictures.
So, I just went to bed.
Wrong! I looked everywhere I could possibly think to look. I looked in the camera bags, three times. I looked in the case for our lights, twice. I looked on every shelf I would normally put a card. I looked in the car, in the trunk, glove box and ash tray. Up stairs. Under things. Behind things. Everywhere I could possibly think to look.
Then I actually tried to go to sleep. But couldn’t. Because all I could think about was where this card might be.
So I got back up, and looked again. In all the same places. Still nothing. Until…I looked behind something on a shelf. And there it was. Woohoo!!! I probably put it there to keep it safe from our kids. But, it was found. The images were safe. The bride would not be disappointed. We would not be sued. It was all good. I raised my hands in the air and did a happy dance.
Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever lost something and been so happy when you found it that you wanted to do a happy dance?
That reminded me of this story Jesus told once. “Suppose a woman has ten sliver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Isn’t that awesome? Just like you rejoice when you find that thing that you lost, heaven rejoices over on sinner who repents.
But, my question is this: when was the last time you rejoiced because of a person who was lost but got found? When was the last time you did a happy dance for someone you know that was lost & wandering aimlessly through life but then Jesus found them? Do you remember? Have you ever been able to rejoice?
Here’s the deal: found people find people. Straight up. Found people remember what it’s like to be lost. Found people remember how hopeless and pointless life felt when they weren’t found. And they want to help find others who are lost. They remember what it feels like to be a lost coin or card or sheep. And they know it’s much better to be found.
So, are you finding people? Are you actively praying for, expecting God to create opportunities for you to invest in a relationship with and then invite one of your 8 to 15? I sure hope so. Because, there are lost people who need you. There are lost people who need me. And God has chosen us to be who leads them to their finder.