Sadly, missing persons cases are not just a current tragedy, but they span decades and even centuries. Many families throughout the years have been left wondering what happened to their loved one. The missing come from different walks of life. Some are runaways living on dangerous streets, some are innocent children who vanish into thin air.
One little boy ran behind a bush during a game of hide-and-seek in a state park and was never seen again. A lady went hiking with two friends in the Smoky Mountains and vanished rounding a bend in the trail. Three teenage girls went to a local shopping mall one summer afternoon 40 years ago and no one has seen them since. Many of the family members of these lost ones spend the rest of their lives searching for them, never knowing what became of them.
Though most of us will never know a missing person, many of us do find ourselves feeling lost at some time during our lives. We are physically present, but we are misunderstood, out-of-place, or even rejected by others. Feeling lost or alone can bring about despair. We all need to know that someone cares, that we matter.
Psalm 139 is filled with God’s thoughts toward us, how much He loves us, how unique He made each of us, how He knew us before our birth. And Psalm 139:7-10 gives this beautiful message–we are never lost from our Father.” I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there Your Hand will guide me, Your strength will support me.” God always knows where we are. And if we have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation, we can never be separated from him–even in death. This is the believer’s hope.
You may feel lost in your present circumstances, but take heart! You are never lost to your Creator. Ask for His help and guidance and accept His gift of salvation through Christ. You will never be lost to Him.