Last night I received a call from my son, Max. He sounded sad. Gracie, his two-year-old daughter and my granddaughter, had lost “Baby Sad”, her favorite doll. Since I live closer to the grocery store where “Baby Sad” was thought to have been lost, he asked if I could try and find her. He had already called the store, but she had not yet been found.
I quickly scanned the nearly empty, dark parking lot before going inside, and then I inquired at the customer service desk. No “Baby Sad”. When I told the young woman behind the counter that I’d be looking around the store, she called two staff members over and asked them to help. As they headed in one direction, I informed them I would start at the other end. I expected to meet at least one of them halfway as I carefully, yet quickly scanned each aisle. I’m not sure if they had to help another customer and/or lost interest, but I continued the search alone.
My son called to find out if I’d made any progress, but I had to let him know I still hadn’t found her. As I continued to search the other end of the store and stopped once again at the service desk, he and I discussed getting another doll just like “Baby Sad”. Before heading home, I decided to check the shopping carts. I looked through the three rows of carts in the store’s entrance, and just as I was about to walk out and check the carts outside, there was “Baby Sad”! I found her! It looked as though she’d been tossed into a tall, blue handicap cart against the wall.
As I was driving “Baby Sad” back home to her family’s apartment and thought about the event, I was reminded of the account when Jesus told the Pharisees a parable and then explained that He is the Good Shepherd, who lays His life down for His sheep, but a hired hand flees in the face of danger, because he doesn’t care enough about the sheep. (John 10:11-14) When we or someone we love loses something important, we will search diligently until we find it or until we are certain we did everything we could to find it. The two ladies, who were called upon to help me search for “Baby Sad”, do not know me or Gracie. Although they might have some idea what it’s like when a child loses a favorite toy or blanket, finding “Baby Sad” wasn’t as important to them as it was to me.
I once was lost, too, but Jesus found and rescued me. I’m so glad He never gives up.
November 27th, 2012 at 11:42 am
Wow, how precious of God to let you find “Baby Sad” and for him to have protected her from theft by someone else so she could be delivered back to Gracie! He’s so good that way! 🙂
November 27th, 2012 at 11:45 am
Yes, He is! Thank you so much, Bessie, for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂
November 27th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Excellent post, wonderful lesson to us all, my friend. It truly is amazing that He never gives up on us! You know, I have spent some time in the past looking for a few lost things myself. I’m sure you know it was worth the trip to the store, because Baby Sad was still there. You’re a special grammy.
November 27th, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Yes, it was definitely worth the trip, even if “Baby Sad” had not been there. Just to have had the opportunity to serve my family was such a blessing. Thank you, g!
November 27th, 2012 at 6:59 pm
So am I, Rene, so am I.
November 27th, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Thank you, Samuel. =)
November 28th, 2012 at 11:33 am
I absolutely love this story!!! Do you mind if I re-blog this in the near future? My wife was given a Teddy Bear when she was very young and it became a special part of her life. In fact “Chumbly” is still in our bedroom. So, I can relate to your story!!!! 🙂 Kenny T
November 28th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
I would be honored if you re-blogged it. Hearing your wife still has a childhood teddy bear is so heartwarming, and I love that name! I have a tiger that looks just like ‘Hobbs’, which was given to me as a teen by my mom, and it holds a special place in my heart too. Thank you, Kenny T! 🙂
November 29th, 2012 at 9:32 am
A beautiful story from a beautiful person!!!
November 29th, 2012 at 9:53 am
Aww, thank you, Beckie!!
November 30th, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Reblogged this on Morning Story and Dilbert.
November 30th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Thank you so much! I am honored, and I hope it blesses others, too.
November 30th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
Your post reminded me of my oldest son’s favorite stuffed animal, Scamper. He’s 25 now but we still talk about that little dog every once in awhile. We went on a canoe trip across a lake in the Tetons and up a little river to a second lake and we’re pretty sure we left Scamper at the campsite at that second lake – too far to go back to. It was very traumatic as it was his favorite little animal and he was probably two or three at the time. So I’m very glad you found Baby Sad!
December 1st, 2012 at 2:08 am
Aww, that is sad, indeed, but it sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your son. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your story.
December 1st, 2012 at 12:06 am
Love this story and testimony…I too was once lost and the good Shepherd found this lost sheep…in church of all places. I gave him my filthy religious clothes and he gave me His gift and robe of Righteousness. Amazing grace…how sweet the sound!
December 1st, 2012 at 2:10 am
Amen! Thank you so much for visiting, Glenda!
December 1st, 2012 at 1:11 am
Amen to that!!
December 1st, 2012 at 2:12 am
Thank you, kwiskan!
December 1st, 2012 at 5:10 am
yeah agree…just imagine when a shepherd lost just “ONE” of his hundred, yet he’ll still come looking for it.. same thing Jesus do.
December 1st, 2012 at 11:27 am
I know, right? And we are two among billions! Thank you, bijindigoth!
December 2nd, 2012 at 4:29 am
🙂 please to meet you… i’m glad to know a Christian blogger like you
December 1st, 2012 at 9:04 am
That was a lovely story. 🙂
December 1st, 2012 at 11:28 am
Thank you so much, Liz!
December 1st, 2012 at 9:58 am
Good story! It also reminds me of the Proverb, “by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3) We see in Jesus’ parable of the shepherd laying down his life, that He does love us as Himself, for He counted our lives worth His own. Probably that helps in the substitutionary sacrifice – to be counted as us since He has brought us in to His heart and would ease us of pain.
December 1st, 2012 at 11:34 am
Yes, when we experience sadness and loss or joy and victory, we are able to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15). Thank you so much, asherblake, for visiting and sharing Scripture and further insight of Jesus as the Great Shepherd, full of love and mercy!
December 1st, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Reblogged this on Carmispeaks.
December 1st, 2012 at 10:57 pm
Wow! Thank you so much for reblogging this!
January 24th, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Amen! So so so true!!! I’m glad He didn’t give up on me either because He sure could have!
January 24th, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Thank you so much, Big Apple, for visiting and leaving a comment! And nice to meet another Christian blogger! 🙂
August 4th, 2014 at 5:08 am
I was lost too Rene even after being part of a Church, would you like to read my story, it’s very sad but with a happy ending like yours, Jesus rescued His lost, bruised and broken sheep, He carried me back from deep despair. I will leave a link for you. Have you written about your rescue Rene, if so I would love to read it.
Christian Love from us both -Anne
August 4th, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Thank you, Anne, for the link to your story. What a wonderful testimony of God’s amazing love, mercy and grace! I have written my testimony as well, although I have not posted it all in one post nor composed it in its entirety for publication. I have been meaning to post a confession of Pharisaism and deliverance from it, and although many of my posts contain references to it, I have not yet composed it. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love meeting my sisters in the Lord. ❤
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