I know. I know. You don’t even have to say it. I have four of the most handsome grandsons a LaLa could ever want.
I recently went with their parents to Tulsa’s “The Gathering Place.” I gotta tell you I was a little overwhelmed. The phrase, “It takes a village,” took on new meaning for me that day. Four grandsons = one parent per child, with a 57 year old grandma trying to keep up. It was a lot. Fun, but a lot.
I remember trying to keep up with three kids back in the day. Kevin and I were a tag team. We were pretty good at it, but I gotta tell you there were some epic fails. Losing a kid at six flags was a heart stopper. Having a friend bring your child to you at a softball game was a little humbling. Always trying to find your son in the middle of a rack of clothes was a headache. Leaving a child at church was a big bust. I know, not one of my prouder moments as a parent, but Kevin and I made it. Our three kids are grown and have families of their own. I call my daughter and daughter-in-law, “MOB’S.” Mom’s of boys and I salute them and thank them for making me a LaLa to the best grandsons ever!
When I read about Mary’s plight in Luke chapter two, I so identify with her, having left a child at church myself, and each parent thinking the other parent had him. Kevin found Landry within thirty minutes. It took Mary and Joseph three days. The sheer panic of that stops my heart. The very people God had chosen to take care of His Son, lost Jesus. Mary and Joseph were entrusted by God to keep watch over His Son.
The definition of lost is, “to become unable to find something or someone.” Mary and Joseph were unable to find Jesus among the places they assumed He should have been. Thus, fitting the definition of lost. The moment they realized they had misplaced a priceless treasure, they began their quest to find Jesus.
Have you felt that feeling of being lost or losing a treasured family member? It’s a sinking feeling. Like your swimming in quicksand. Maybe you feel like your floundering in this life, wandering aimlessly, and you’ve lost your way? Maybe you feel like you’ve lost sight of Jesus also?
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He has not moved. He is still at the right-hand of the Throne of God. It is us who have lost sight of Jesus. Like Mary and Joseph, we have let clouds of busyness, anxiety, depression, and fear obscure our view of Jesus. We need to do what Mary and Joseph did. Retrace our steps and return to the place where we left Him. Jesus is still there waiting for us to return.
I’ve recently released my second book, “On the Way.” I hope you have your copy. For the next several weeks I will be doing a bible study based off the book. I hope you’ll join me.
Questions from Day 1.
Have you ever felt that panic that Mary described in Luke 2:48?
What do you think of Jesus’ words, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’
What does Luke 2:46 say that Jesus was doing when Mary and Joseph found him?
What was the effect Jesus had on the scholars of the day?
“Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.””
Hosea 6:3 NLT
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