Once upon a time….
I was told of a story in the bible that was supposed to make sense to me but did not make sense . I watched my teacher in church read the story to us, and as usual with so much passion. Although I did not doubt the sincerity of the story, I could not just bring myself to agree with it.
I thought about the story over and over again hoping it would make some sort of sense to me as I did not want to be rebellious by opposing the story. Unfortunately for me, my young analytical mind stood as a barrier. It simply did not make sense and that was what it was..c’est fini.
And so I nodded with the rest of the class as if it made sense…..
I would later realise that I was selfish and self centered. Apparently it wasn’t my analytical mind that stood as a barrier, it was my selfishness for my thoughts of the story were linked to the decisions I’ll take as a person rather than on the truth that was supposed to be revealed to my heart.
I simply did not think it made sense for anyone to stress themselves over one lost item when they had Ninety -Nine others somewhere else.
If I had 100 beautiful bags for instance and I misplaced Ten of them, I don’t think I’ll go to look for the lost 10 bags. If I had 100 coins and I also misplace twenty of them, I’ll reluctantly look for them and if I don’t see them after 10 minutes of searching , then I’m done searching.
By now, you’ll know I am referring to the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 where Jesus said:
Suppose one of YOU has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
‘YOU’? that means ‘ME’. I panicked when I first heard the story
“But Jesus you know I am not capable of going through this length over anything, I also don’t want to be in your bad books. Can’t you just manage the 99 sheeps that you have, why must you leave the Ninety-Nine behind and go look for just one lost sheep?”. These questions plagued my young mind.
As I continued to ruminate over this matter, I got another insight of the story. I thought to myself once more . “Why will Jesus leave a whole Ninety Nine of us and go look for just one more person? That means he doesn’t love us that much”
By now, I understood that the .’Sheep’ mentioned in the parable referred to human beings-You and I
Until I grew and I realised:
– I was the lost sheep
-I was the lost sheep Jesus went to look for.
– I am the one he joyfully puts on his shoulders and takes home for all to see
– I am the one who he threw a party for when he got home –
– I am the one he showed off as his own
– I am the prodigal princess, His workmanship, created in him unto good works
My lesson goes thus: Man’s most respectable mind, intellect and reasoning are as corrupt as his lusts and passion; both equally incompetent to apprehend God – Little wonder why I was unable to see truth in the letters of the pages
Listen to: The Father’s Song by Steffany Gretzinger :
Come out of hiding ,
you’re safe here with me;
You were the one that I was thinking of when I rose from the grave..
Get rid of your shackles my victory’s yours .
Thanks for reading. You’re loved!