Time has a way of moving like the speed of light!  I feel like I have blinked and my children are adults.  Even though the years seem as if I went to bed and they were littles starting elementary school and now out on their own, the day to day was rewarding yet challenging. 

Jesus said,  “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33 NLT

Raising children is one of the most rewarding blessings I have been allowed to have.  I have had my own trials with health issues, relationships, but watching your children have trials and sorrows, well that just takes the cake!  I have been a believer for a long time, but these trials have grown my faith and continues to do so.  My son experienced what no child should experience.  His mother battled cancer and his dad decided to leave the life we all had together for a life of his own.  This can bring so many unknowns, distrust, and just loss of direction. 

The great news is there are disciples out there!  They swoop in and love with purpose, with a devotion that shows up at any moment, with the deepest desire for a boy to know Jesus, and listen.  The hand of Jesus carrying that one sheep that he would break any wall blocking, any wave engulfing, any mistruth that deafens one hearing to bring that one to Himself.   That is what Jesus did for my son.  He went after him.  My son was that one lost sheep that Jesus went after, carried on his shoulders, and loved him unconditionally with a forgiveness that He gives over and over. 

In Luke 15:1-7 NIV, Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” 

The trials made our faith in Jesus stronger and so grateful.  My son found Jesus in the middle of the confusion.  What rejoicing came to our family.  We don’t deserve this grace, this love, this forgiveness, this goodness, but we know Jesus is  kind and still looking for that lost sheep. 

Thank you Jesus for your constant love.  Thank you Jesus for carrying us.  Don’t give up.  He will break any wall blocking you or your loved one, he will calm any wave engulfing you or your loved one, he will speak into the mistrust that so desperately wants to deafen His voice, and he will carry you or your loved one on his shoulders and take you home with him.