It’s impressive when someone out of the blue gives you a gift that meets your needs. Guided by the Spirit, they realize that what they give is more precious to the receiver than to themselves.
Giving is a spiritual gift that they pour out of themselves, like water, to give hope to others. They are willing to sacrifice their time and resources. They are rooted in the spirit of charity. And, each time, God uses their actions to reveal Himself in a particular way.
Recently, I witnessed this spiritual gift in action. He hid under the cover of a natural character and a personal vocation. On a simple request and without any hesitation my sister gave me the most beautiful pair of sunglasses. They provided the proper balance between glamour, face shape and attraction. It was an exceptional moment from Gucci that taught me the generosity of a donor.
After two weeks, you’ll never guess what happened. Alarmingly, the sunglasses that made me happy and set me apart have been lost. I was frantic and on the verge of desperation looking for the glasses. My search took me to every corner imaginable and to every part of the city I last visited. Flashlights, overhead lights, and sometimes a combination of the two were used to aid my search under the bed and around corners. But no glass was found.
Why did I want to lose the glasses so badly. Was it because of value? Was it because I asked for something I didn’t really need? Initially I couldn’t get to the root of my despair, but a month later God answered the question, “It was not the gift, but the giver of the gift” that accentuated the value of the endowment.
God set this concrete example as a parable about himself. God is our ultimate Giver and Finder. Oh, how His heart breaks when we’re lost. And, oh, how long He’ll take just to find the one lost person.
The principle of being lost is also illustrated in the biblical story of an unnamed woman who lost a piece of silver in her house (Luke 15:8-10). The Woman’s Lost Coin is a side story that represents something of value that is lost inside the home like a problem child, or a marriage, or maybe a lost pair of glasses.
The woman searches desperately for the coin. Without a doubt, she kept a watchful eye wherever she set foot. In the back of her mind, she probably replayed over and over again where the piece might have fallen or been placed by mistake. It was when she turned on a lamp that an area was exposed, allowing the lost piece to be seen clearly. What was once lost has been found by the brilliance of light. Oh, how she rejoiced when she found her precious possession!
Unfortunately, my glasses were never found. I did not experience a decisive reunion. Nevertheless, this is what God wanted ME to understand. The lost and search phases of the story were intentionally superimposed on the lost piece story. He wanted me to understand his love for us.
In reality, some things may never be found in your lifetime. But we must never lose hope. The overlapping parable question is how far would you go for someone who may or may not be found? Only you know the answer to this question with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. But God took an extreme approach and gave His son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16
Could it also be possible that sometimes God wants us to find ourselves? We could be the one who is lost in negative thinking, indifference, depression and self-indulgence. We might be lost to see that we are God’s children created for a wonderful purpose!
The silver coin can represent any of us. In plain sight, we can easily lose ourselves and the people most precious to us. This is why we must never stop praying. Stay open to difficult discussions. Be kind and loving. Share the good news of God’s love as the Spirit leads you. Forgive quickly. Be a positive example. When anger fills your mind, ask God to calm you from within. These are just a few ways to light up your surroundings, so that what’s lost comes back to light.
Luke 15:8-10: “A woman has ten valuable pieces of silver and loses one. Will she not light a lamp and look into every corner of the house and sweep she every nook and cranny until she finds her? Does she call her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her? In the same way there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when a sinner repents.
Lord, please send someone to every person reading this today that they will receive it and turn to the Light. Help us not to wander in darkness. Draw us to the endless giver of your light.
“I am the Light of the world. No one who follows me stumbles in darkness. I provide much light to live on. — John 8:12”
Brenette Wilder of Lee’s Summit, Mo., (formerly of Altheimer, Ark.), is founder and president of Kansas City Teen Summit, blogger at (wordstoinspire105953116.wordpress.com) and author of Netted Together (https://nettedtogether. org.)
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