Chasing after a Lost Sheep

Then Jesus told this parable:
“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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me, I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15: 3-6)
I am here to share that I was and am the lost sheep.
Years ago, I gave into His constant nudge and made the decision to have a heart that seeks His word. That moment was liberating, and as I read over the parable I understand why. It says, “he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.” I felt liberated because I allowed Him to carry me (and everything that that entailed) – my heartaches and my burdens. Psalm 34:18 tells us that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He simply didn’t allow anything I tried to unwind, relax, and heal to work.  Shopping spree? I’d come home and feel the same way. Self-care days? I’d come home and feel the same way. Girls night out? I’d come home and feel the same way. Gratitude journals, self-help books, working out, and so on. None of it worked. What a party pooper huh? Hah. I did feel like that for a while, but with time I began to deeply appreciate His relentless pursuit of me for so long. He went after His lost sheep until he found it!

Let’s fast forward to today. I often still feel like that lost sheep and Jesus is simply going to file a Missing Person’s report that is going to end up being a cold case! Womp. Don’t get me wrong I am still a woman after God’s own heart, but 3 years into my walk with Christ and I fall short of His glory all the time. I remember reading Romans 3:23 that tells us just that and it’s the one verse I have internalized. The truth is that I need Him to still pursue me in every moment, especially in this season of my life as a stay at home mom because there are days when getting lost so my kids can’t find me is exactly what I want to do! He must follow me around the house constantly finding me and reminding me of the following:
  • Don’t stress the details and stop trying to be perfect: Luke 10: 40-42 tells us the story of Martha who was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made and the Lord tells her that she is worried and upset about many things when what really matters is listening to what Jesus has to say.
  • Stop being anxious: Proverbs 12:25 tells us that anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
  • Lower your voice (oh boy that’s a tough one with these kiddos sometimes): Proverbs 29:11 tells us a fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Hold up, fool? Meh.  
  • Show grace: Romans 3:23 tells us that we ALL fall short of His glory. This includes my kids, huh?
  • Don’t waste time: Colossians 3:23 reminds us that whatever our task, do it as if working for the Lord. An Audience of One and one important boss!
As I pray over these verses throughout the day asking that He give me the strength to apply them it occurs to me just how much Jesus loved me the first time He found me and how much He still loves me each time I wander. Sure, He’s still finding me and scooping me up on His shoulders but certainly not joyfully, right? He has to be rolling His eyes at some point wondering when I’ll finally figure it out, right? Haha. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Psalm 139:13 reminds us that it is Him who knit our inmost being in our mother’s womb.

So, He knew and knows exactly who this lost sheep was and is. He mended a shattered heart that now seeks Him because of how easily that same heart wanders to things out of her control. He doesn’t roll his eyes each time. He pursues me with such patience and grace and for that, I am eternally thankful. Parts of the song, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, sums it perfectly
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,

Written by: Chris Rice

Stephanie Builes is a guest contributor and friend of at Learning Grace Thru Motherhood. You can find more of her writing over on Tiny Bits of Everything website.
Bio: A few years ago I began to take in, appreciate, and value all of the roles in my life and what each of those entails. What are those? I am a believer in Jesus Christ who is thankful for His unending grace, a wife to the love of my life, a stay at home mom to 3 sweet kids, an only child to amazing parents, a friend to some pretty special people, and most recently a Coach with Beachbody! In an effort to share these life roles I felt led to write! Each role has come with a little here and a little there of different kinds of experiences, thoughts, opinions, and lessons learned (those aren’t always fun, eh?) Each of these vary from being serious, light-hearted, fun, and some pretty boring (haha), but all very real. You see, our lives are made up of a ton of tiny moments that make up a GREAT story, ours!
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