Lost and Found
May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
Images of neighborhoods storm ripped and shredded, families hugging and weeping, the accumulation of many lives scattered to oblivion. A quilt found. Some photos. A small dog brought out from under a pile of rubble.
So much loss.
Then word comes of a family’s loss of their young disabled son. His brilliant smile and gentle ways with them one day, then gone. This same family experiencing another young man’s death in their extended family just weeks before.
Loss upon loss.
Scripture describes our lives as mist. Ephermal, transitory, fleeting. “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 13-14 NIV).
In the middle of inevitable loss that we all will experience, I want to be found. Found in the identity that as a child of God, a follower of Christ, I can trust my future in his hands. Found living a life fully aware that my days are numbered. There will be an end to life on these misty flats. But, that is not THE END for those who trust in Christ. Oh no. It’s the beginning of an eternity where loss is not in heaven’s vocabulary. Only gain.