It was a beautiful Labor Day and my family and I was enjoying it by attending a family favorite amusement park. We were well prepared for the day, the lines were short, and the weather was nothing short of perfection. It was shaping up to be a perfect family day until tragedy struck. I was riding my favorite steel coaster when the person behind me shouts, “someone just lost their cell phone!” My heart sunk when I went to pat my pocket and realized my lifeline to the world and my favorite past time was gone. I knew the likely hood of retrieving my phone was slim.
I went to the lost and found and talked with several managers and they all told me they would do what they could. We continued to enjoy the park until closing time but honestly, I was a wreck. My stomach ached and I could not stop worrying and thinking about how easily this could have been avoided. As I left the park defeated and sick I realized that I had yet to pray about the situation. I stopped walking, asked God for help with my anxiety over my lost phone and simply gave it to God. It helped and I honestly felt at peace concerning the situation.
As we were loading up the car I received a phone call from the park that they had retrieved my phone (less than 5-minutes after the prayer). Not only was my lost phone found, it was found without a scratch on it. Needless to say, we were very excited and I might have accused God of showing off.
My entire experience of finding what was lost reminded me of Luke 15. In this chapter, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and the scribes because they were grumbling against Jesus because he was welcoming and eating with sinners. Jesus uses 3 different lost and found stories (The parable of the lost sheep, of the lost coin, and of the prodigal and his brother) to teach the Pharisees that we must be about the work of helping those who are lost to be found.
As Christians, we believe that if we Love the Lord our God with all that we are and love our neighbors as ourselves then we are “found.” No matter how we might stray God will come looking for us and when we come wandering, stumbling, or even crawling back; God will welcome us with open arms. We were all once lost but now we have been found. So let us not be like those who grumbled against Jesus but instead let us be more Christ like in our efforts to bring about hope in the communities we serve and live in.
As always, thank you for reading this far and I pray that you may continue to strengthen your relationship with our Risen Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
William<><[Actual picture of me riding right before losing my phone]