Sunday, April 24, 2011

Knowing someone's looking for you...

Today, I was working the welcome desk at our church.  The foyer was jam-packed with people smiling, and talking, decked out in Easter finery.  All of a sudden, I heard a voice saying, "Let's get you up here so you can be seen better,"  and a man sat this tiny little princess on the edge of the counter beside me.  She was wearing her Easter best, a pretty, fluffy white dress- the kind that billows out when you spin around.  Soft dark curls framed her tear-stained little face, and she looked to be about three years old.  The man who had lifted her up there, unnecessarily explained, "...lost her mama..." to me.

I looked down into her scared brown eyes, and gently patted her tiny knee.  She was fighting so hard to be brave, looking at me and begging me silently to give her hope and make it all better. I smiled in my most reassuring way, and brightly said, "It's okay sweetheart, your mama's coming, and we'll find her in just a minute.  I know she's looking for you right now!"  Her chin quivered and she nodded a couple of times, holding those tears back as bravely as she knew how.  About thirty seconds had passed, when a frantic woman with outstretched arms came running toward the counter.  My brave little friend waited until those loving, safe arms were about an inch away from wrapping around her, before she allowed herself to completely dissolve into great big alligator tears. (It was nearly my undoing, let me tell you.) Over the top of her head, the mama and I locked eyes, and I said, "She was being such a brave girl while she waited for you."  The mama gratefully mouthed a thank you my way as she snuggled her baby girl close, tucking that precious little head against her neck and murmuring soothing words like, "It's okay, Mama's here now.  You're all right."

How many of us feel like that scared, lost, little girl. The entire situation made me think about all the times when we are scared stiff about something in our own life.  It doesn't matter who is reassuring you that it's all going to be okay, because the only words you want to hear, and the thing you want to know deep in your soul, is that someone who can actually fix this thing, or put back the broken pieces, is out there looking for you.  The knowledge that you're being sought is the one thing that can keep you from falling apart.

Maybe you don't know how your situation is going to come out.  Maybe it seems to impossible to fix, and you feel alone and scared.  Maybe it's not going the way it was "supposed to," and now you're standing in a crowd, looking for a familiar face.  I really don't know your situation, but I do know this.  Whether you know God and are just wondering if He's anywhere near, or whether you don't know Him personally and feel like something in your life is missing, and all you want is to be found- He is seeking you and His eyes know right where you are.  He's not like a mother who can lose a small child in a crowd in a split second.  He is always watching over you and longs to embrace and comfort you in whatever moment you find yourself right now. 

Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."  He is seeking you.  Jeremiah 31:13 says, "Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.  I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." 

Let yourself be found wherever you are right now, and receive the kind of comfort that replaces sorrow. 

10 comments:

  1. LOVE this!!!! Happy Easter cyber friend. ; )

    Somehow I made it first. This is getting weird. LOL!

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  2. I love this. Funny, our Easter sermon today was on hope. I posted about it in my blog today. :)

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  3. What a wonderful picture to portray a powerful truth...you have good eyes to see, you know that?

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  4. oh, poor little thing...sounds like you were describing my little sophia.
    and for some reason, i think you'd be a great person for the welcome desk :)

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  5. I'm in tears...thank you for the reminder.

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  6. so true. a wonderful real life story and reminder. love it.

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  7. I have tears from the mom finding the brave little girl. These are words I am needing today as I feel stuck and lost currently. Thank you for sharing His goodness.

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  8. wonderful words. again. thanks :)

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  9. Many, many thanks for this today.

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  10. You've got such a way with words. I bet one day you will write a book. But don't you see you would have little wisdom to impart without the journey He's taking you on? There are no mistakes with Him... "He does all things well"

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