This is the story of a lost camera: I do not take pictures often, but I decided to take some pictures at a volleyball tournament in Wisconsin. My daughter has coached a JV and Varsity team that did well last year. After some great games, good pictures and her team winning the championship, I went home. Several weeks later, I wanted to take some pictures at an event, but I could not find the camera. After a few days I concluded that I left it at the volleyball tournament. My daughter called the gym, but no camera. This was October.
In January, my wife found the camera in the back of a cabinet drawer in the kitchen. Jubilation, the camera was found! Last week, I pulled out the recently found camera. I charged up the low battery with plans of taking some pictures at our men’s ice fishing trip. I began scrolling through to look at the volleyball pictures. It was then that I realized the “found” camera was my younger daughter’s. Our camera was still lost. Bummer.
Jesus cares about lost things. He told three stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. In each story, a person was desperately searching for what was lost. There was celebration when what was lost was found. Jesus told this story to show how much He cares for people who are lost. He is the one desperately searching and He celebrates whenever a person becomes found. Jesus knew where they were all along. They were lost, but He knew where they were. You can read this in Luke 15.
Today, I was noticing the bottom of my computer brief was getting worn. I had emptied the brief several times looking for the camera, but there was a lump in the back outside pocket. The camera was not lost; I just could not find it until today. Rejoice with me, I found our lost camera.
Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”