I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a little boy so excited! My son, Steven, was seven-years-old and we were headed for Disney World! It was his first time on an airplane, his first time sleeping in a hotel, and his first time to see Mickey Mouse in person. My video camera was fully charged and poised to capture those precious memories.
But when we go back and watch the old video, it doesn’t start out as I had planned. As it begins, we’re in some type of welcoming center where children are running around climbing on various objects, crawling through tunnels, and swinging from monkey bars. As the “movie” comes into view, the first thing I see is my husband, Steve, running toward the camera, his face growing larger and larger until it fills the screen.
“Where’s Steven,” he cries. “I can’t find him anywhere! Where is he?”
Then the screen goes blank.
What a way to start our vacation. Steven had wandered away, climbed into one of those tunnels and had yet to emerge. Of course we panicked. Who wants to lose their kid at Disney World?
Of course we found him. He had no idea he was even lost.
Ah, did that last sentence give you pause? He had no idea he was even lost…
When God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in a garden much more exciting than Disney World. In the Garden of Eden all their needs were cared for and all their desires were fulfilled. Satan came a long and convinced Eve that God was holding out on her. There was more. If she would simply disobey God, eat of the forbidden fruit, she could be like God.
Eve bought the lie and disobeyed.
Then she convinced her husband to disobey with her. And well, we know the rest of the story. They were lost.
Suddenly the scene changes. We see fear, shame, and doubt as they hide from God. God walks through the garden and doesn’t see his children. Then He asked the first recorded question in the Bible—where are you?
Friend, it was the first question in the Bible and it runs like a scarlet thread all the way to the end of Revelation where Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Where are you?
So that’s the question I want to leave with you today. Where are you? How’s your relationship with God? No matter what you’ve done, no matter how far you’ve strayed from His perfect plan for your life, He is always in pursuit of you. All you have to do is come out from hiding and say . . . Here I am, Lord.
Have you ever lost one of your children? How did that make you feel?
Did the child know he or she was lost, or were they happily meandering along? How did you feel when you found him or her?
Now, how do you think God feels when we are united with Him?