Hello, Hello Beautiful People! I hope you are all doing so well! So this is my very first blog post, and I am stoked! I have been preparing and praying over this blog for months, and I genuinely hope that if I can encourage even just one soul with my words, help them see the Light that is Christ Jesus, and show them the love Christ has for us, then my mission is complete. With that being said, lets dive on in!
So one thing that really kept coming to mind as I was preparing for this was the feelings I felt in middle school. A lot of the time during that era, I felt lost. Hopeless. Alone. And because I felt this way, I would look for ways to make me feel not so alone. Because I play a sport, I placed all of my self-worth into how I played. If I had a great day, then I wasn’t hopeless, but if I had a really bad day, I felt more alone and worthless than I did before.
But then God happened.
You see, fast forward to my sophomore year of high school, I had finally hit my breaking point. I had finally come to the realization that this is not what life was supposed to be like. I was depressed, and very much unsatisfied with my quality of life. This is when God came into my life. Now, He didn’t force His way in, but rather I had to ask Him to come. I needed Him to save me.
Fast forward to today, He recently has shown me how much He genuinely love His people. Through the song “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and numerous stories of the Bible I have come to realize, in full, how He sees me. The parable of the lost sheep is one of the stories I have studied, and it has become not just a story on paper but a divine truth that gives me so much joy.
The parable of the lost sheep is written in Luke 15:1-7. As I recently studied it a few things have really jumped out at me that I haven’t noticed before.
In verses 1-4 it says, “Now the tax collectors and the sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”
“And when he finds [the sheep], he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'”
What I love about this is the fact that, not only does he carry the sheep home, but the shepherd does it joyfully. He rejoices about the lost one being found. He carries it on his shoulders.
When I hear this, my heart rejoices because time and time again, I have been that lost sheep. And to hear and know that my God is joyous when He has found me, carries me home on His shoulders, and rejoices with his friends and neighbors, it blows me away.
Now as I am wrapping up this post, I really want us to focus on one last line of text from this passage. It says that, “He places the sheep on his shoulders and goes home.” Isn’t that just a beautiful thought? Logically, it would make sense because a lot of things we carry go on our shoulders. For example, backpacks. ( Side Note: I don’t know about y’all, but right now my backpack has a lot of problems of mine in it!) I feel like as humans, we tend to feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. And when I read this, it reminds me that we don’t have to find our way home, we don’t have to feel the weight, but rather we need to be reminded that we are the sheep, and He will carry us there.
In this reminder, we can remember how much He loves us. His love is Radical and Reckless, for he constantly pursues after us though we don’t deserve it. He will find you where you are, and He will carry you home.
Thank you guys for reading, and I want you to know I love all of you guys! Feel free to contact me and comment below! Have a great rest of your week, and I love you guys!
*Please Note: This photo belongs to Ferrell Jenkins, and all due credits go to him.*