Friday’s Column: Learning From Lehman
A little boy was riding his bike in the cemetery while his mother ran. Obviously this mother isn’t very bright because who in the world runs in a cemetery surrounded by dead bodies. Anyway, this boy rode his bike along the path and eventually could not find his mother. After looking and calling for her, he became frantic. His mother was also frantic at the far end of the cemetery. She picked up her pace and ran to retrace her steps. The further she ran the more frantic she became. Almost in tears she saw no sign of the little boy. She ran to the gate leading out of the cemetery. And that is where the little boy was. The boy was very young and I don’t know a lot about this story but what I do know is that I have a lifelong fear of cemeteries.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
We read about a woman in Luke 15:8. It states, “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” This woman in the parable of the lost coin lit a lamp. She uses the light to see. She knows the light is what she should follow to find the coin. She also swept the WHOLE house. She uses her physical energy to find the coin. She doesn’t wait for the coin to just reappear; she puts effort into looking for it, and she receives her reward by finding the coin. She spends time rejoicing with her neighbors.
If you lost a coin, would you search your whole house? Would you turn your house upside down just to find one coin? If I lost a coin I would not care one bit about that one coin that I lost. Matter of fact, I have lost a bunch of coins and I have never swept the house just to find them.
It may be that you haven’t searched for God so you can have a home in heaven in the end, and maybe it is that you want to fix that issue. Or maybe you need to get your life on track. Whatever your need may be, do not remain lost!