Sally wouldn’t listen to her parents when they warned her not to attend the prom with a boy who was known to get drunk once in a while. Sally relied on his promise not to take a drink that night. But her date could not resist the alcohol and broke his promise to her. Sally ended her prom evening in the hospital, recovering from an accident caused by her date’s alcohol abuse.
We are all like children who want their own way. We rely on other people and our own stubbornness rather than on our heavenly Father. The Bible tells us that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might on behalf of those whose heart is blameless toward him” (v. 9, rsv). Surely we should trust someone who is constantly seeking to be there for us.
Jesus asks: If we were shepherds, wouldn’t we care enough to search for that poor little lost sheep until we would find it?
Then Jesus tells of the rejoicing when that help is given. That’s how much God loves each one of us! We need never feel lost and alone for that is a special time when God will be near us.
Dear Lord, how grateful we are that you are always looking for us to help us. Give us the wisdom to trust in you rather than in the things of this world. Amen.