by Tim Hall
Steve Flaig knew he had been adopted as a young child. Now he wanted to meet his biological mother. The 22-year-old resident of Plainfield Township, Michigan began investigating the events surrounding his birth. The vital information was not hard to discover. His mother, who was single and very young when Flaig was born, left the adoption record open, suspecting that her son would one day want to know the whole story.
Finding his mother, however, proved more difficult. Internet searches revealed nothing, and so Flaig went about his daily life, working as a delivery driver for Lowes. He then realized he had been misspelling the last name of his mother. Once the adjustment was made, he learned of Chris Tallady who lived less than a mile from where he worked.
Excitedly Flaig mentioned his discovery to his boss, who responded, “You mean Chris Tallady who works here?” One and the same, Steve Flaig had been working alongside his biological mother for several weeks. A tearful reunion ensued on December 12, and Tallady went on record: “It’s the best Christmas present ever.”
Reunions are often tearful. Individuals who have been separated by time and circumstance are occasionally reunited and joyful tears flow. That which had been missing has now been restored.
Long ago a shepherd realized one of his sheep was missing. 99% of his flock was still intact, but still he set out on a dangerous journey to find that stray. Through the wilderness he went, persistent until he discovered the lost sheep. His reaction has been placed on the record: “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'” (Luke 15:5,6, NKJV).
We were not separated from our heavenly Father at birth, but at the moment of our first sin. Our paths veered sharply apart, and we were in grave danger out in the wilderness of life. Lost, but not abandoned, Jesus Christ initiated a dangerous mission to find and to save us. His mission, we learn from Luke 19:10, is the same as the shepherd’s: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
The moment of reunion is delayed by our stubbornness. We hear the Savior knocking at our door (Revelation 3:20), but we put off the decision to let him in. All the while we remain in serious danger.
What a tearful, joyful reunion it will be when we finally open that door! You can be sure it will be the best present ever — both for us and also for our Lord!
“So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).
by Tim Hall