THE LOST FOLDER

I lost my folder! Man I looked all over the place for it…
I didn’t have any €50 notes in it now, but what I did have is worth so much to me.  It’s my folder (I call it a folder but it’s really a large notebook) that has loads of songs, poems, ideas, letters, encouraging talks, talks I’ve gave, old set lists, stuff like ideas for an album was thinking of doing when I was still at school, stuff that would look silly to anyone but me, I’ve even got my wedding speech in there! It’s a catalogue of my life over the past 8 years.  You could say, though my name isn’t on the front cover, my name was all over it.  Though my picture isn’t in it, the folder carried my image.  I phoned people, I texted people, and they got back in touch to say they hadn’t seen it… I discovered I lost it at breakfast and it was actually on my mind all day, when I was spreading slurry I was retracing my steps and thinking where it could be.

Then in the evening…
I found it. 
I know it seems trivial but the sense of joy was class.  Was just so happy, actually felt like photocopying every page just so I’d have a spare copy if it ever happened again.
Of course I found it in the most obvious place, in my laptop bag, where I usually keep it. Duh!  But I had checked in there I promise!
I’m not just saying this but the second I found it, the Holy Spirit just made me think of those three stories Jesus tells; the lost sheep, coin and son.  I began to become very humbled as I thought of God franticly searching for me, because he was scared that He’d loose something for good which carried His image, His name.  What an unreal thought, the God of the universe would get ‘uptight’ because He was going to loose me.  And the emotion of joy I had, that’s the picture Jesus paints in our mind as He talks about God bringing us home.  I actually kissed my notebook like, that’s how sad I am.  And it seems God may well kiss us, that’s how glad He’ll be to see us repenting sinners home.

This is how Jesus describes what heaven feels when we/others repent; from Luke 15

and when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him

standing on grace

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! I loved this… brought tears to my eyes because of the comparison with Luke 15 even before you made the connection. Thanks for sharing, Andy!

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  2. Posted by farmerdeborah on July 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    This brought a smile to my face! 🙂

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  3. Posted by Michael Hayden on July 31, 2011 at 1:13 am

    how class is it that the God of everything would get Himself get worked up about not losing us, even though we do nothing but let Him down! that’s grace in it’s purest form!

    great post Andy… you’re so inspiring :’)

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