Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Some time ago, I got lost in a painting. I have a photograph of a friend of mine with one of her dogs. You can tell from the picture that they enjoy a special bond. She calls him her “boyfriend dog” and the dog clearly adores her. Intrigued with this picture, I decided to paint the scene. All went smoothly until I started working on my friend’s face. Multiple times I changed her chin line, her eyes, her twinkles, the curve of her mouth, her hair line, her complexion, her nose – all without a satisfying result. I still felt something in her face was missing and this was driving me absolutely crazy … Obviously, I had arrived at a dead end and needed assistance in my art project – an art teacher perhaps who could point me in the right direction.

If we are lost, we need input. Has your GPS ever directed you to a dead end? Ask a local. Stuck in repair work and not getting anywhere with your project? Ask an expert. The trick is not to be oblivious about it – as in a state of denial – or too proud to ask.

When it comes to finding heaven we all need help. Heaven is quite elusive and we won’t be able to locate it, unless God helps us. Thankfully, God goes out of His way to find us and He calls a search party to do so. God does not work solo. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father collaborate to find the lost.

I was in my teenage years when God found me. Meeting Jesus was no happy ending, it was a happy beginning. My life has had its ups and downs. Like everybody else I had to pay the price for the mistakes I made, but I was never alone. Jesus has never left me. We have been together for a lifetime. And when my time comes I will recognize His face when I see Jesus for the first time.

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