Help the Lost

For the Son of man came to seek and save what was lost. Luke 19:10

My husband and I stepped onto the walking path in Sunriver, Oregon, excited to get some exercise in the beautiful outdoors. The smell of pine trees and juniper bushes filled the air as we headed for the river, feeling like all was “well in the world” for this precious moment.

After walking just a short time we came upon an elderly gentleman, looking distraught and confused. We stopped to see if he needed some help and he told us he was lost. He and his friend had started their journey that morning with a group of birdwatching enthusiast. It was a scheduled tour, with a guide. But what they had thought was to be a 3 mile stroll, turned into a 6 mile hike. The two gentlemen could not keep up with the group, and were consequently left behind, to fend for themselves.

The lost birdwatcher told us his friend was exhausted and could not go on, so he left him to rest on a large rock, as he went back to search for his car.

After hearing his story, we offered to take him and his friend to their cars. He was extremely grateful and admitted he was completely spent. After returning with our car and finding his friend we drove them to the nature park, where their cars were parked. They were so thankful and appreciative to finish their journey on a good note, after fearing the worst, that they were quite emotional. My husband and I were happy to be of help and we were able to resume our walk when we were done.

However, I could not get this encounter out of my head. How many people started their journey with friends and companions, being led by someone they trusted to show them the way and ended up, lost and completely alone?

For followers of Jesus Christ, all is not “well with the world” every moment. We have our trials and struggles too, and yet we are never lost. We know exactly where we are going. Our journey leads us to our forever home with the Lord. How blessed we are, and yet there are so many people that are lost and confused, that need our help, to point them to Jesus.

Stop for a moment, from your schedule plans to help a lost person in need. Tell them about Jesus, how He has given you hope and direction in your own life, and how He can do the same for them.

The Lord will place people in your path, that you will know our lost and need to hear the Good News. Help them to be able to say like us, “all is well in the world”, now that I know Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your Son to seek and save the lost. We are so grateful to be included in your people, and to know with certainty exactly where we are going. In the precious name of Jesus’ we pray. Amen.

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