The other day we were at the cabin. I was reading my Bible and writing in my journal out on the porch. The phone rang so I went in to answer it... got side-tracked and set down my Bible and stuff. When I finally got back to my Bible I could not find my pen. This pen is a very special fountain pen I got when Jim and I got married. It's a beautiful Schaffer pen (bought in France), blue with little gold flecks. I use it every day. I looked every where... re-traced my steps, got a flashlight and looked between the cracks of the boards on the deck where I was sitting... looked behind the cabin, in the bathroom, kitchen, all over. I was thinking about the parable of the lost coin.
"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."After praying and after much work I finally found it. It was in a small crack in a side pocket of my suitcase. I was so happy! This brought the parable into much sharper focus for me. Every one in my family rejoiced with me (and sighed a sigh of relief!)!
– Luke 15:8–10, English Standard Version
So, we're getting ready to do a week of VBS. I want to have the same sense of urgency as little kids show up who are truly "lost" without Christ, in sharing the gospel with them.