I was feeling a bit down a few minutes ago, so I decided I would do a quick quiet time study from a booklet I received at camp. It talked about one of Jesus’s parables in Luke.
“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 goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:3-7
The main focus of this parable is always the lost sheep. My quiet time study was no different, but I realized while reading the passage that I was part of the 99 sheep that the shepherd left. My first feeling was abandonment. I know, kind of ridiculous, right? But I continued thinking through it and realized that God didn’t stop pursuing me once I was saved; He is still pursuing a stronger relationship with me. I was not abandoned for the sinners, rather I am growing in God’s pastures as the Shepherd watches over me.
It’s always comforting to know that God loves me all the time. Sometimes when I’m feeling down like I was tonight, knowing that I’m not a lonely, drowning Christian wandering a forgotten path is comforting. Having God show me the princess warrior inside of me, shining light for the glory of God, I feel super loved.