“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not 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”
The gist of this parable is that a sheep wanders off from the flock and becomes lost. The Shepherd then leaves the rest of them and searches for the lost one until He finds it. Filled with joy he takes it back to the others.
The focus is very much on the Shepherd who is seen to be Jesus Christ Himself. He notices when we go off by ourselves and lose our way. He comes to us with the intention of leading us back again to where we belong under His care and protection.
However the story also requires us to look at ourselves and question just where we are in relation to the Lord at any moment in time. In what direction am I pointing and moving? What am I running from or rushing towards? Am I following Him or expecting that He will follow me? And is it perhaps time for me to stop right where I am, turn around and reach out to Him again?
In the world in which we live it is so easy for us to lose our focus, our values and priorities and to end up in a situation or state that we will regret. A regular check and an ongoing prayer can prevent much heartache and lead to more blessing than we imagine. If in the process we discover that we have wandered away from the Lord then we can ask Him to find us and lead us safely home again.
Ask the Lord to help you take stock of your relationship with Him
Lord Jesus please help me to see if I am pointing in the wrong direction and chasing the wrong goals. Help me to focus on You and to follow where You lead me. Amen.