Another Friday, another Five Minute Friday.
Here are the rules, as explained by hostess Lisa-Jo Baker:
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. (On your own blog or in the comments here).The writing prompt this week is LOST.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
The first thought that pops into my head, when I hear the word LOST, is the song Amazing Grace:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me....I once was lost but now am found,Was blind, but now, I see.
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What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.I am that sheep.
I was away from the church, away from the Lord, for about 15 years in my early adulthood. Actually, I never knew Him in a personal way before that, but I was going to church.
I was in total rebellion. And I mean Rebellion, with a capital R. A (then-) friend and I used to joke that we would burn in hell for the things we were doing. I've heard that sheep are stupid, and I guess for people that equates to being foolish. I certainly was.
During that time, I realize that God was calling me, but I wasn't listening. A coworker said she was praying for me. I thought, "That's nice" but didn't give it a second thought. My former church sent a letter to say that they were dropping me from the rolls unless I started attending. I set the envelope by my keyboard and thought about it, but never followed up.
Then, during a season in which I was unsure of many things, I finally heard His voice. He found His lost sheep. Now I can only imagine the rejoicing, the joy in heaven, when that happened.
My life has changed, and all I had to do was stop running away and listen. Isn't it incredible that HE seeks US?
Now it's your turn! Write your five minutes' worth in the comments (here or on Lisa-Jo's blog), or write your own post and link up. Click the FMF link at the top of the page to get to Lisa-Jo's home on the web.