Last week we found ourselves lost in a parable. I’m sure you’ve been in one, also. You know, those stories Jesus told that have a special message. In Luke 15 are the three “LOST” parables: the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son. We were in a new parable called “The Lost Blankie.”
It was just a regular Monday evening. We drove big brother Kevin to soccer practice at the high school and parked our car. I pulled out the baby jogger, and Joel climbed in with his snacks and blankets. One blanket is his very special blue blankie with silky edge that goes with him everywhere.
I like to get my exercise walking around town, and Joel always wants to end at the park. There Joel climbs every ladder and slips down every slide. On this day when the time came to pick up big brother, we headed back to the high school. Upon reaching the car, we realized that favorite blue blankie was gone!
Immediately we began our search. Daddy, who had joined us at the park, led the way in re-tracing our steps. I prayed, “Dear Jesus, please help us find Joel’s blanket.” When we arrived at the park, there was no blanket. We re-traced our steps again back to the high school, still no blanket. Oh, what a sad drive home!
In the following days we prayed, made posts on Facebook, returned to the park, put up flyers, placed an ad in the paper, checked the Sheriff’s office, called the schools and hospital to check lost and founds, stopped by the thrift stores, told all our friends, and kept praying. I reminded God that all the LOST parables have a happy ending. Could we please have a happy ending, too?
Joel was a real trooper all this time, using a substitute blanket while looking at me with sad eyes. Then, three days after it was lost, a little girl called Daddy’s cell phone to say she found it! She had seen the flyer at the park. Daddy picked blankie up on his way home from work.
Joel met Daddy and big brother Jacob at the front door. He took his blanket and danced around the living room for several minutes, spinning and waving blue blankie in his own special dance of praise. Then at supper he held the silky edge and tag in his left hand, while eating with his right hand. He must have plans to never let it go again.
That evening I got on Facebook to share the good news with friends who had looked and prayed. As the lady who found her coin said, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost.”
After we were lost in this parable, God reminded me a few things…
1) God hears and answers our prayers! What an encouragement for me with all the other prayer requests I had that same week.
2) We have to do our part after we pray. Remember how the woman swept her house to find the coin? The shepherd left the 99 to find the lost sheep. The Father kept a constant lookout for his lost son. Imagine what they would have done if they had Facebook!
3) It’s great to rejoice with friends when the lost is found! So many people rejoiced with us when Joel’s blanket was found. Thank you, dear friends. I hope it encourages you, that God does hear our prayers.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins,if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10 (NKJV)