Some of you have heard that several years ago I lost my precious Aggie Ring. Every time I share this in public, I receive gasps and looks of disapproval, as if a person who would misplace such an important item can barely be classified as human. I know it’s shameful, but I really did not lose it on purpose; it just vanished one weekend while I was on a retreat.
Yesterday I got a call that somebody had found it! Somehow it made its way to the parking lot of a restaurant many miles away from where I lost. A man picked it up three years ago (!) and had not been able to track me down until yesterday. I received a call from his daughter, and she is going to get it back to me.
What was interesting to me was the rush of joy that I experienced upon receiving back an item that I had given up for lost. I actually envisioned myself placing it back on my finger in a sort of triumphal ceremony of recovery. I spread the word among my colleagues. My lost ring is found! I know it sounds strange, but it would be hard to describe my joy.
It gave me a little taste of what Jesus was expressing in Luke 15:
“What woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Have you ever thought about God’s joy when you and I trusted in Christ and were saved? Have you ever imagined how precious you and I are to Him, and how overwhelmed with joy He was when we were saved from eternal death through Jesus?
The God of heaven and earth gave His Son so we could have life despite our sin. So that the lost could be found. Let’s rejoice that He loves us that much, a million times more than I could love any little ring of gold. Let’s move out into our world, filled with those who are lost, and be a part of God’s plan to recover those who are lost, so that men and women from every tribe and tongue and people and nation will one day bow before Him.
Our God delights in finding those who are lost. Do we rejoice with Him?