Read Matthew 17, 18, Mark 9:2-50, 2, 3:1-21, Luke 9:28-56
There are moments of elation. One such moment that comes to mind recently is when our dog Angus quit on the trail. We had no more water to relieve him, and no more daylight to navigate by. We made the difficult choice as hikers on a ‘level’ hard trail over 10 miles to leave him and come back with supplies. Star Peak Lookout. 10 miles 4,000 vertical feet gain. Difficulty Hard. During the descent Angus decided he was done. The immediate need, water. We had given Angus our last amount of water and it had turned dark. We needed more supplies and to alert someone of the situation. Jared and I hiked down to the car, to restock our supplies, drink a redbull, take some IBUPROFEN eat something for fuel, and layer up for the night. Hiking back up, with fresh supplies, was rough—coming up on his glowing eyes in the dark almost 😅 got Angus a face full of bear spray. We coaxed him step by step out with water and patience. The last 1/2 mile we ended up doing a Santa’s sleigh sort of move, to pull him out in the dark in grizzly bear country. By the grace of God, we had a flashlight, a headlamp, a massive floor mat Jared attached with rope. I have so much respect for search and rescue. When it was done 12.71 miles for a notably hard hike. Angus is home well hydrated and eating bread. GOD IS ABOUT RESCUES. When we reached the car with Angus I fell to my knees and thanked God. I have physical pain with hiking and the sheer strength was beyond my capacity to haul Angus off that mountain. GOD must be thanked. God empowered us to finish and rescue our sweet GOLDEN MOUNTAIN DOG. HOW MUCH MORE A HUMAN LIFE?
““What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
Matthew 18:12-14 NIV
Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek, and save that which was lost.
Jesus is searching at his own expense for the lost sheep of GOD. GOD IS NOT WILLING FOR ANY OF THESE LITTLE ONES TO PERISH.