Just read a blog post about a fellow pastor who took his child out to get ice cream. The store was crowded and he had her by the hand. He let loose of her hand to do something and turned to see his daughter was missing. Panic set in. Where is my child? He said it took about seven seconds to find her, but it felt like an eternity as he screamed her name and plowed over people trying to locate her.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably had a similar experience at some point. I know I have. But it was through that moment that this pastor had a “God Moment” where he sensed he got a glimpse into the heart of God. God has created every one of us. He loves us with an everlasting love. And that pain and emotion we feel as parents when we think our children are missing or in harms way is how God feels about each one of his children who have yet to trust him with their lives. His heart is in agony for them and he will do whatever he can to bring them back to Himself. And He has already done that. He gave up his only Son, to provide a way for each of us to have that restored relationship with Him. In God’s sovereignty, He knew that this was the only way to redeem His children. Had there been another way, we can only assume he would have chosen it instead of the sacrifice of His Son.
Anyway…the pastor who shared the story also went on to share one of his churches core values – “Found people find people.” I love that. When we come to the place where we are “found” by God, it seems reasonable that we would want to find some other people and help them be found by God as well. Despite not being one of our defined “core values”, I sure hope that “found people find people” is a value The Bridge Community Church shares.