The other day I went for a much-needed walk. I was enjoying the warmth of the sun, hearing the birds singing, and having the wind gently blowing in my face. About a quarter of the way through my walk, I happened to meet a beautiful, well-cared-for dog. He walked over to me and I commented how handsome he was and gently petted him. Undoubtedly he was out wandering around, perhaps a little lost, looking for his owner. As I continued walking he decided to tag along with me. I enjoyed his companionship and hoped that as we walked together he would find his home.
We walked together for over 40 minutes. During that time he did not wander far from me. Whenever a car came by he would follow right behind me and when it was safe he would be by my side. I realized that this dog was well trained by his owner. He was clean and neat and did not jump on me. For a person to take such good care of his pet I knew he would be missing him. I prayed that as we walked together my new friend would soon recognize his home.
After we were almost back to where we started I stopped. I really liked this dog and he liked me but I knew he was not mine. If I would walk home I knew he would follow me. I thought maybe if we walked around some more, this time on the streets we have not walked on already; perhaps he would find his home. We walked together one more block.
Then I heard a sound. So did the dog, because he lifted up his head immediately. It was his owner calling out the dog’s name and whistling for him. The dog looked at me with his big brown eyes as to say thank you and ran off as fast as he could to his master. I was very grateful he found his home. As I walked back to my house I missed my new friend and reflected on our meeting.
Have you ever been lost? In those tense moments which seem like an eternity, you feel very stressed. You feel all alone and helpless. You don’t know where to go or who to ask for help. Like my poor friend, all he was doing was trying to find his way home. He was glad to hear his owner’s voice calling his name and ran to him as soon as he heard his voice.
I thought that in many ways I am on a journey. I am looking for a place to call home. I may go down many roads, meet many people, and experience new things, but without God in my life all is meaningless and without a purpose. It makes me feel empty and like something is missing inside of me. I feel lost. However, we have an owner searching for us. He daily calls out to us and invites us to come home. Listen to His words, “Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Again He tells us, “He who comes to Me I will in no way cast out.”
Today your owner, who is your Creator and Redeemer, is calling out to you. He does not care where you have been or what you have done — what He really wants is for you to come home. Today you can have peace and a new life if you obey His voice. Today respond to His invitation. Many years ago, Will Thompson wrote these words to describe God’s invitation to you:
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me.
At the heart’s portal He’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home, Ye who are weary come home,
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling O sinner, come home!