being lost can lead to being found…

“There are two ways of knowing how good God is:
one is never to lose Him,
and the other is to lose Him and then to find Him.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

(Fra Fillipo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Angels, 1450-65/ Uffizi Gallery/ Florence, Italy)

It never seems to fail does it??

I think it’s pretty safe for all of us to opt betting the full pile of chips
on the fact that this time of year will be, nay is, nothing less than nuts.

It will be, if it’s not already, oh so crazy, oh so hectic and oh so overwhelming…
or for some of us….
it may just be simply a little too quiet, a little too empty and
a little too lonely…

So just for fun, lets throw in a lingering pandemic, a variety of flus,
a mixed bag of weather, an angry divided nation, a wounded duck economy,
one’s own personal ups and downs….
and suddenly we find the perfect storm is churning…just waiting to unleash
its full fury on our unsuspecting souls.

And just like that, suddenly and overwhelmingly we realize that we don’t
know whether we’re coming or going—
and with the truth of the matter being that we really just don’t care.

And if that same truth be told, many of us are probably well on our way to
being much more lost than we are being found.

Thus as the full torrent of the season begins sweeping over us like the unrelenting
waves of an angry sea…knocking us over and over while consuming
what semblance of sanity remains…blessedly, if we stop fighting the madness
just long enough and if we stop to listen just oh so keenly…
a tiny jolt, a tiny shock wave, can be faintly sensed.

And it is in that tiny jolt, that tiny shock wave which jerks us back to
reality—a reality that poignantly reminds us that we’ve actually been
much more lost than we’ve ever been found.

Thus this is why Archbishop Sheen’s words uttered at the beginning of this post
resonate so beautifully today.

Some of us may know how good God truly is—but chances are right about now,
many of us might not be so certain and might just not even be aware
of the fact that we truly are so very lost.

Thus it is my hope that we may all rest in the knowledge that if we can stop
just long enough…
if we can just be still long enough,
we might be so fortunate as to taste that oh so longed for, awaited for
overtly yearned for, and painfully pined for sweetness…
a sweetness found waiting to reward those who are knowingly, or simply unknowingly,
sweetness for those who are simply waiting to be found…

And suddenly it dawns of us that it is God who has been patiently
waiting this entire tumultuous time…waiting on the lost to stop
long enough to feel and hear His call home…

for even the angles will find themselves rejoicing…

In the same way, I tell you,
there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15:10

23 comments on “being lost can lead to being found…

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Julie,…I’ve missed you my friend. I think of you and Kathy, jointly, when reminiscing on the joys of my blogging family. I’ve kept you in my prayers and heart ❤️. This evening I decided I feel well enough to read a bit. And you’re the first post…what an absolutely beautiful writing and truth. It’s in being lost,…not understanding the why’s, how’s,…the not again’s and the “you’ve got to be kidding me” moments…I cried out to the Lord and HE has never left me. We are all broken and lost. I don’t know where I’d be without my faith. It’s so good to “see” you Julie. I’m sending love and hugs and pray you feel them! 💚🎄🙏🏻🙏🏻🥰🤗🤗

    • Thank you Karla— I continue reading your posts and I’ve maintained my prayers for the battle you are in— there are good days and bad days are there not..???…yet in both those good and bad days, God is there!!!!!
      And despite our not truly realizing it— He is even stronger and louder within those bad days— we just let the bad seem bigger and louder than He truly is—
      How blessed I am when I can become aware of His Greatness— especially in the bad—
      We will make it Karla— one way or another, you and I will make this!!!!
      I love you girl!!!!

  2. bcparkison says:

    This is so very true and it all begins with gratitude… being thankful for” All things” for this is Gods will ….knowing that all things work for those who love God and are called for his purpose. It is hard but oh so important.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Jesus asked “who loved most, one forgiven little or one forgiven much.” Answer was one forgived much. I guess the same principle would be found in the question “who loves most to be found?” It seems the answer would be the one who was most lost.

  4. says:

    And the lost have been found, by a child no less. Through all our wanderings, the desert eventually leads to an oasis- in sickness, loss, grief, in good times or bad we know that child will lead us to our safe place. Thanks for your words of inspiration. I love you to infinity and beyond❤️

  5. hatrack4 says:

    Words well said, and I always enjoy what you have to say. Jesus has never left me, but sometimes I do not see Him – usually because my eyes are temporarily not looking that direction. As a pastor once said, “God pursues us. If you want to be found, stop, turn around and fall into His arms.” Or something like that.

  6. Tricia says:

    The quote by Archbishop Sheen is really thought provoking. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve ever really know God, but then he reminds me how much and how long he’s always known me. Good to see you Julie!

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Some days I really understand Jonah in the belly of the whale and others I am reminded of the unlimited love and compassion that He provides to me. I trust both are necessary in my journey to know, to love, to serve Him greater. May you know I sent you understanding hugs through the madness and rejoicing ones in the glee. 😘

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    This time of the year must not be easy with things going on the last few years in your life. In my thoughts and prayers

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