Jesus said: The will of the one who sent me is that I should lose none of those he has given me… (John 6:39)
I once took a church youth group on a trip to Lake Placid, NY to spend several days skiing. My wife, Peggy, and I thought it would be fun for our family to join the group. It would give our children a chance to learn how to ski. So, we all loaded up in two vans and made our way from Pennsylvania to Upstate New York.
Camp people are often seen as relaxed, more interested in fun than serious matters. This is explicitly not true. On trips like these, I am paranoid about being responsible for the care of other children. When we needed to stop for gas, I was obsessed about our group staying together and being accountable for each other. The New York State Thruway was crowded making it a difficult job.
Our group all got back into their vehicles and started to pull away from the parking lot when I realized my son was not in the van. Panic set in and we made a mad dash for the rest stop stores. Thankfully, he was standing in the game room watching video games. I was so busy concentrating on other people’s children, I forgot to watch my own.
Peter had told my wife he was going with me. However, on the short walk to my presence, he saw the game room and decided to check it out. Unaware that he was supposed to be with me, I went about business as usual. It was and remains a terrifying moment and memory.
It’s easy to get lost in life. I would argue it’s easier for adults to get lost than children. Children have someone looking out for them. Adults often find themselves alone with a wide variety of responsibilities competing for their attention. It would be nice to have an indicator light to warn us when we have become lost. Yet, if we are paying attention, we do.
If you find yourself consumed with anxiety, anger, fear and frustration, you may be lost. And, if you are lost, it may be time for you to find a sabbath from the things causing your condition. I invite you to open your heart to what these words from Jesus’ mean to you. The will of the one who sent is to not lose you. These words may help you find peace.