“Ian, Ian, I’ve lost my son…his name is Ian! Ian, Ian, where are you? Help me,”screamed the frantic mom pushing the empty stroller down the aisle of terminal A. I had just arrived at my gate, returning home from being out of the country. This mom was hysterical and desperate. She had one single focus…finding her lost son. Everyone began standing, looking all around and wondering what they could do for this fear-filled young mother. Those persons who are parents immediately felt her pain because most could empathize with exactly what she felt having more than likely a similar situation happen at one time or another.
Soon an announcement came across the P.A. system saying, “A little boy was found at gate 2C. If you’re his parent, please return to gate 2C.” Everyone, and I do mean everyone, was relieved as she turned to head back to the gate. We all felt her relief and our hearts returned to our chests.
I sat down and almost immediately received a very special picture in my spirit. I saw our heavenly Father running frantically down the aisle, through the hall, in our schools, at our work places, down our street and in our homes calling our names, knowing we were lost. Most of us didn’t realize our lost condition, but He did and He pursued us with everything He had. In fact, He gave His Son, Jesus, to pursue us, to seek and search for each one of us. His love as a parent was and is reaching out to us, beckoning us to come follow Him and never be lost again. Have you answered His call?
I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.(Ezekiel 34:16 NLT)