Sometimes, God will fervently seek after us in the wilderness until we are found like with the lost sheep. Other times, God has waits for us to clean up our lives and seek Him out like the woman with the lost coin. Still, there are times, when God has to let us hit rock bottom, and be broken, so that He can mend us when we come back to Him in desperation like the prodigal son. No matter what method He uses in finding us; He will not lose His children.
This kind of love is not just found in the New Testament. In Isaiah 43, God says, “Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're Mine. …I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” (Isaiah 43:1, 4 MSG). That is a deep declaration of love. Once you are His, He will not let you go. You might snatch away from His hand like a rambunctious toddler does to her mother in a department store. But, just like that mother, who searches through racks of clothing and has the whole store on high alert until she recovers her mischievous offspring, God will be there looking for you, waiting for you, reaching out His hand when you come back to Him. And, just like that mom, He will hold your hand, just a little tighter once you are found. Ms. EV