December 10, 2013
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?
We have heard this story many times. Jesus used the story to assure us that God loves each and every one of us. He is the Good Shepherd, who knows each of His sheep by name. When one of the sheep is lost, He will not rest until that sheep is safely back home.
Each time I have read this Scripture passage, I have pictured the poor stray sheep, wandering aimlessly…tired, lonely, scared. Did they break away from the flock because they chose the wrong path? Did they go out in search of something that was missing in their lives? Was it dark and they just lost their way? Did the Good Shepherd’s voice no longer give them comfort?
I have always considered myself one of the ninety-nine who stayed back while God went to search for the one lost sheep.
I am going to take some time today to reflect on another possibility: Am I the lost sheep? Am I on the wrong path and not even aware of it? Am I the stray?
Is God out there looking for me?