Mya typically sticks around, but not that day. She bolted after a rabbit and took off across the acres, headed toward a heavily traveled street. On autopilot, I hopped into the car and pursued her. I took a short cut through a neighbor’s lot but my plan didn’t work, I lost sight of her.
I traveled the busy road, calling her name through the mouth of the window but the wind blew my voice back into the car. Just when my heart sunk to my ankles, I spotted her. She was trapped inside a neighbor’s fence. I drove back onto the neighbor’s lot and stopped the car.
A woman marched out to her deck and began screaming at me. “Are you crazy? What are you doing driving across my lot?”
I actually jumped out of the car ready for the confrontation. I yelled across the hood of my car, while walking closer to explain the situation. She had nothing to do with my explanation. I walked toward her and yelled, “Please forgive me. I’m just trying to get my dog.”
Those words stopped her in her tracks and she was speechless. I yelled it again, “Please forgive me.”
I heard a noise behind me in the distance. I turned to see a handsome man, carrying Mya. Her little legs where pointed toward the sky and her tongue hung from her mouth. As they approached, I saw her little face exhausted from her run, and she was panting like crazy. David was bringing my baby, safely in his arms. The scene reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep.
David reached the car and placed her carefully in the backseat. She plopped down in exhaustion. I turned to face the neighbor but she had returned to her house.
We drove back in silence, yet lessons echoed.
*Driving crazy across someone’s property is probably not a good idea.
*The words, “please forgive me,” drops defenses.
*God will go to any length to find the one lost sheep and carry it home safely.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ “ Luke 15:4-6