“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-5 (NASB)
Several years ago, I was in my office on the phone with my husband. Looking up, there they were! Four llamas went trotting past my yard and continued down the street. I quickly ended my phone call, saying to Bob, “You won’t believe this but there are four llamas running down our street! I have to go!”
Without hesitation, I grabbed a dog leash and headed down the street in search of the llamas. Because I grew up on a farm I was not the least bit afraid of them unlike some of the other people helping to catch them. After quite an intensive herding effort by many neighbors in cars and trucks, I was able to catch one and slip the leash around her neck and guide her back to her pasture.
Finally, the other three llamas were herded into the proper farm yard and I was able to set my charge free to join her mates safe and sound in their own pen. By the time I returned home a good hour had passed and I knew I had to call my husband back and fill him in on the outcome of the wandering llamas!
When I finally stopped laughing about being part of such an unusual rural drama, I wondered how the owners would have felt if they had returned home and their llamas were missing. I’m sure they were thrilled that people had taken the time to corral and return their animals.
I love how God uses such strange and funny things to get my attention. As I thought further, I had a sobering thought. I realized how rarely I see the lost “sheep” in my small world. And I take for granted my precious Savior’s concern for His lost sheep. Am I sensitive to the people He brings across my path? Would I spend as much time ascertaining their spiritual needs as I did the need for the llamas to be returned to their home? Do I ever stop to remember the extravagant price Jesus paid to rescue His lost sheep, including me? May God grant me His insight to recognizing lost “sheep” as well as lost llamas!