On Sunday, Sept. 3rd, I realized after arriving in Chicago O'hare airport that the luggage I checked in prior to boarding was not going to arrive. I was hurt because I had placed all of my good ties, good pants, and shoes, and even my favorite laptop in that luggage..and now it's gone!
Some may say, "Well, be happy cause you got your health!" Now, I totally get the great and important fact that I still have my health, my family, and I made it back safe and sound, and I thank God for that, but the reality is I still feel like someone took something from me and I don't know what has happen to my things! That feeling doesn't feel good. And I have to be honest, I feel even though I am still alright and in good health, I feel like it wouldn't be too much work if God would have just completed the job by getting my luggage back to me safe and sound.. .I have to admit that I felt like God had kind of let me down. So what do you do when you feel like God has let you down? Look at His word.
Surely, God knows about losing things. But He also knows about finding things. See Luke 15:11-32. There is the story of a lost man, called the prodigal son. The father has sons, one of which was lost. The son did not know where he was or what he was doing. He had no business eating from a pig's eating troth or working for measly crumbs. The son then came to His senses and went back home to his father. When the father saw him, he ran to his dear son and kissed him and celebrated! I know that God knows how it feels to lose things. He lost many of his dear children. His dear children are lost....And He is calling me to tell them about the truth no matter what the cost.
Here is the story, and here's what I'm feeling that God is telling me through it:
This is what I did. For days and days, I am calling these workers from the airline to contact the airport in order to find my missing bag. One of the things that hurt me the most is I fear these people I am contacting do not care like I do about my missing bag of luggage. Have you ever felt like this? Ever felt some people just doesn't seem to care as much as you do? I personally know that if I was there right now, in that pile of luggage I would not stop until I find my dear sweet luggage. I would run all over that airport talking to whoever I needed to talk to to find it! Now picture this! You are calling these guys on the phone and yelling at them because they just don't seem to care!!!!! You are telling them everything you can to get them to (a) care! And (b) do everything in their power! Everything they can to please find your missing luggage! See where I'm going? That's EXACTLY how God feels.
I feel this message spoken to my heart from God: God is calling you to tell the land about His missing children! He's saying, "Tell them about me! Tell them about my love! Tell my missing child that I'm here, that I care, and I'm here with open arms!!" And here you are, Jeremy, having fun, not caring enough, and going about your business and God's HEART IS BREAKING for His children.
Well, do you see the way you feel about your dear sweet missing luggage?? Do you feel the pain there? How you miss all those things??? All your worry about it??? THAT is exactly how I feel about my missing children! Even more. And now I'm asking you to be my hands and feet! Isaiah 6:7-8, "With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
You may ask, "Well, why doesn't God just go and do it himself?" Simple, because he is asking you to do it. Who's heart is shown more genuine: the one who is complaining about doing something for someone who loves them and is asking them for help, or the One who Himself is asking for partnership in a very worthy task? God is asking for our partnership. And it's not to keep something from us, but it's to bless us! That is enough to shout Hallelujah because God doesn't need us, but he knows that we need him and we need to learn what we were called here to do, and what we were made for.
You see, this is what I learned:
God didn't let me down, it was me who let God down first. God has been faithful the entire time, and what's more is He cares about my heart as much as He cares about the hearts of his dear lost children. You see, I totally dropped the ball. I didn't share in my little story that I dropped the ball because I was invited to a conference overseas in country with people who I knew did not know the One true God, Jesus, and I stayed silent, only telling my small group that I lead worship at my church, but didn't tell people about my faith in Jesus Christ. I dropped the ball, but not only is there God's forgiveness, but there is a chance to make it right. I pray that God will open my mouth to preach the gospel again. Amen.
Say this prayer with me:
Dear God, I know I let you down, but I thank you for your forgiveness, and though there's no way I could go back and nothing I can do now about telling those people in the past, I pray for a better heart today, so that the people now that are so lost can be found in Jesus Christ. I thank you that I can actually do something about that. Open my mouth, LORD, to preach the good news. It's in Jesus' name, amen. I thank you that I have received the power that the Holy Spirit fell on me to be your witness in this city, in this state, in this country and to the world, in Jesus' mighty name, I pray.
If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.