“The notion of unmerited mercy is quaint but unintelligible to most of us, since it has no prototype in our human experience. The dramatic surprise that comes in the stories of of the searching shepherd, the searching woman, and the searching father is that being found by a searching God is more important than anything we do.”
Brennan Manning – The Wisdom of Tenderness*
I am the lost lamb.
I am the missing coin.
I am the reckless, greedy child.
Before I even knew that I was lost
Or felt a sense of sadness
At the distance between Him and me,
He had left the ninety-nine who followed Him home
To pursue me with unflagging determination
Til He found me on the precipice,
Out of fight and out of options.
Before I sensed the separation,
He lit the lamp,
Darkness no deterrent to His search.
He swept and scoured
Every last corner of that house
With greatest care
Until He uncovered
And recovered me.
Before I uttered a repentant word
Or looked to breach the gap,
He watched, waiting
At the window.
And oh the day I made my weary way up
The last road home,
He ran down the driveway
Overcome with love and compassion.
He caught what was left of me up
In His tender embrace,
And met my brokenness with mercy’s kiss. *
There is nothing half-hearted about His redeeming ways.
He revels in reunion.
He throws a party every time!
It was easy for me to wander off.
It was easy for me to squander blessing.
It was hard for him to find me.
My recovery cost Him much.
But see how He celebrates my return!
He buries me in His open arms
And holds me aloft while He sings His victory song.
The most important thing I ever did,
I really didn’t do…
I was found.
He found me.
Based on Jesus’s parables of His love for us, found in Luke 15