Monday, August 4, 2008

Pastor's Perspective - Where's Jesus?

I read this Associated Press report over coffee this morning:

An Israeli couple going on a European vacation remembered to take their duty-free shopping and their 18 suitcases, but forgot their 3-year-old daughter at the airport, police said Monday. The couple and their five children were late for a charter flight to Paris Sunday and made a mad dash to the gate. In the confusion, their daughter got lost.A police spokesman said a policeman found her wandering in the duty-free area at Ben-Gurion airport, Israel's bustling main international air portal. He said the officer alerted airline staff, but the flight had already taken off.Israeli media said the parents were an ultra-Orthodox Jewish couple but did not give their names.Rosenfeld said the parents were unaware they had boarded the aircraft with only four children instead of five until they were informed by cabin staff after 40 minutes in the air.The child, accompanied by an airline staffer, took the next flight to Paris where she was safely reunited with her parents.

Naturally this story reminded me of another story recorded in Luke 2:41-49 where another Jewish couple forgot a child. Mary and Joseph were excellent parents of impeccable character, yet, even they forgot what was most important - Jesus - in their lives and family.

In the ever-accelerating fastlane of life, we all can sometimes forget what's most important in our lives. As humans we can easily get disoriented by life's storms and circumstances - so many bases to cover, so many fires to extinguish. Yet, throughout it all, we can must never lose sight of the Savior.

Where's Jesus in your life? Is He in your heart, at your side, on your mind, on your lips? If not, its never too late to turn around. He's easy to find. He has not gone anywhere. He's right where you left Him. No guilt or rebukes - just sloppy kisses, bear hugs and forgiveness.

Here's to happy reunions!

I love you,



Jeramy Sossaman said...

DANG! so i guess 5 is the magic number to stay away from....i'll keep that in mind.

Cheryl said...

It's amazing how God constantly sends reminders to me of who HE is, how much he loves me, and what my job is... (simply keeping my eyes on him...) Thanks for letting him use you!

Natalie said...

When I first read this headline I immediately thought "This is the real-life version of the movie Home Alone 2 Lost in New York!"
Remember they lost 'Kevin' in a mad dash to catch their flight to Paris?
Okay anyway, it is pretty amazing that they would only realize they left their 3 year old after being in the air 40 mins!!!
Thanks for reminding us that Jesus is ALWAYS there... Exactly where we left Him. Not waiting to condemn us or lay it on thick but waiting with open arms... (sniffle)

james said...

Just like the airline worker who brought the 3 year old to Paris to meet the family, Steve you bring Jesus to us all the time. Way to go brother and thanks for reminding me where I left Him.