One of the most touching portraits of God in the Bible is that of a shepherd tenderly caring for His sheep. The twenty-third Psalm expresses this thought to perfection. Later in the Bible, Christ Jesus draws on the same image with his parable of the lost sheep: "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing." Luke 15:4, 5. This beautiful image can be a practical help to us every day of our lives.
There is no place we can wander where God's shepherding love can't find us. There is no mental darkness so great that His light can't lead us home. There are no lost persons that won't be found and returned to their spiritual home, cared for and rejoiced over. Wherever we are, God's love is already there seeking us out—until we find ourselves in Him.
A number of years ago, I was working as a Christian Science visiting nurse. One night I got lost in an unfamiliar area. I was tired and hungry. I felt alone. I got home, but it wasn't easy.