Lost Boy by Doug Haught
Last night we were walking the dog. (Oct 15th, 2019). On our way home we heard someone crying. As we got closer to an intersection, we saw a boy (possibly 8 or 9 years old) pushing his bicycle. He was the source of the tears.
Linda said, “Do you need any help?” He replied, “I’m lost” He kept saying, “I miss my daddy!”
He gave us his phone number and we dialed. His father answered. We told him who we were and that we had his son, and that we were only across the pond from his home. The father stayed on the phone with his son while an older brother came to pick up the boy.
We heard the father say, “This is why we told you to stay on our street.” “We will talk about this when you get home.”
The son continued to cry and tell his father that he missed him. That he was scared and wanted to come home.
Soon the brother showed up, loaded the bicycle and took the boy away.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a lost state. We don’t know how we got where we are and we are not sure how to get back to our Father. Certainly, our heavenly Father knows our predicament, and He knows we need to reach out to Him.
Certainly, those of old did not keep their promises either, to stay near the Father. Psalm 78:10 “They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law”
Paul warns us about our Stubbornness. 2 Tim. 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their won desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
Well, not only had this young boy not listened to his father’s instructions to say on his own street, but he told us that it all started when he started following another boy on his bike. It wasn’t long before the houses became unfamiliar, and it wasn’t long before he was lost.
The same thing happens to us spiritually. We see the lure of what others are doing, how they are conducting their lives, and before we know it, we too are far from home.
Thank God we have a Father full of compassion. Thank God, our Father welcomes us home.
Our homes are a place of refuge from the storms of life. Our homes are the sweet places where we spend intimate times with our families.
Our Fathers home is that and more. In Luke 15 (Parable of the Prodigal Son) what do we see the Father doing? We see Him watching. We see Him running. We see Him listening. We see Him taking care of His sons needs. John the Apostle describes it with these words. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn. 1:8, 9
Oh, what paths we often take. What journeys that lead us away. Come back to the Father, come feel His embrace. Come home, and be with your Lord.