2021_09_09 Insight Post- Jim Morgans
This week's reading- Luke 15-16
Having spent 20 some years directing and operating elementary-age, church-sponsored summer camp programs; I have a story or two to tell. After reading Luke 15:4-7, where one sheep is lost, it reminds me of a situation we experienced on one of our camp field trips many years ago. I was the lead on this adventure and had the appropriate number of support staff by my side. We ventured out to Dave and Buster’s for an afternoon of fun and entertainment within their incredible video arcade and game center. I believe we had thirty or forty 4th and 5th graders on this trip, and we were ready to have some fun. My staff was assigned four to five kids each, and they knew where to gather the students when it was time to pack up and leave.
The students and staff had an amazing afternoon as they experienced just about every game and activity available to them at Dave and Buster’s.
Okay. Time to gather the students, load the bus and make our way back to base camp. Roll call time to be certain we have all of our students…… “Wait! Count again! That can’t be right; count again! Okay, which student is missing. Quick take roll again!”
What had been all fun became fearfully serious. We even had staff at the exit points to make sure students wouldn’t wander off. It has been said no creature strays more easily than a sheep; well, that person has never worked with elementary-age kids. Where could this student be? Did he wander off? “Go check the restroom, count again to be sure,” or could they have been abducted, my worst fear. We corralled the students in a holding area, and three of our counselors, including myself, embarked on a search and rescue mission throughout Dave and Buster’s. It is amazing how fear can light up your emotions in a situation like this. It makes me wonder if this is the level of determination that Jesus and God embark on when they set out to rescue even one lost soul.
And scripture reveals, when the lost sheep is found, it is time to rejoice, and the shepherd carries the lost sheep on his shoulders back to the flock. This is what Jesus did for us. He carried our sins on His shoulders as He hung on the cross.
This is a picture of how our Lord is, ever so anxious to take hold of us as His sons and daughters, how He desires to usher us into His Kingdom as members of His family.
Well, I can’t leave the end of my story untold. We did find our lost student. He was playing a loud race car video game where he barely could reach the steering wheel. He was short, and the game encased him where we couldn’t see him, plus he couldn’t hear the staff gathering all the students together. I didn’t carry him on my shoulders, but we were surely rejoicing when we found him. We were ever so grateful that he was okay. When we brought the student back to the group, the students cheered for him, for he was found.
“‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:6-7
Thank you, Jesus, for how you have rescued us!
Director of Pastoral Care