“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?” Luke 15:8 NLT
I don’t get lost very often. Some friends have nicknamed me ‘the human GPS’. As a result sometimes I forget what it is like to be lost.
A few years ago Joanie and I rented a car in San Diego and needed to drop off our rental at a different airport in Orange County. I assumed the rental agency was in the terminal with all the other rental companies but after driving through the parking garage several times we discovered it was not. Our phones had a weak signal so we were unable to google the location. Finally we found a cell phone store, used their internet and got the address. We drove to the address only to find construction workers converting the space to a gym. Our plane was departing in less than an hour and we can’t find our car rental company…ahh!!
I remember that feeling of being utterly lost like it was yesterday. Not just that I couldn’t find my way to the destination; I didn’t know what the destination was.
It’s easy to forget what it feels like to be lost.
Jesus tells a parable about a woman who has 10 coins but has lost 1. According to the original Greek, the coins here were drachmas, each equivalent to a Roman denarius, which represented a day’s wages. So let’s say that in today’s money she had $1,000 and now found $100 missing.
Has she mislaid it or dropped it? Has someone taken it? This was enough to send a person into a panic. Where could it be?
The search is on. Out comes her broom, and carefully she begins a systematic and thorough search. Lighting a lamp, moving furniture, sweeping the floor until finally she finds it! Isn’t it such a relief to find that which was missing?
Even though God has 9 of 10 coins, He wants all of them. He is absolutely committed to finding the lost and He invites us to join the search.