What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 15: 4-7
For the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge, today’s prompt was to pick a Bible lesson that I’m grateful for. I picked one of my favorite passages. I think anyone can relate, even those that don’t know or don’t care so much for the Bible.
I think most people in this world just want to be loved unconditionally (and maybe to also feel a sincere and genuine true love for another) and I believe the above verse reminds me of just that and that’s precisely why I picked this passage.
To think that there could even possibly be a soul or entity that could love you and want to find you specifically, even when there’s 99 (or more) others to jump up and down about, feels personal. Even in this world where there’s billions of other people. Call me crazy, I won’t try to change your mind, but I do truly believe that I was created the way that I was on purpose and for a reason. I believe that there is a creator that knows everything about me. It’s common in my life to run into situations where I feel alone and unloved. This verse brings me back every time. The thought of returning back to where I belong and having someone there to rejoice and embrace me, as lowly and selfish as I can be at times, is what is comforting and gives me hope when I am in the darkest of places.
If you have a lesson (Bible or other) that you feel grateful for, I would love to read all about it!