A few weeks ago, it was reported that a tourist had gone missing from an Icelandic bus tour, resulting in a frantic search involving more than 50 rescuers on foot and by air.
It all started when, according to CBS News:
"The woman broke off from her tourist group and changed clothes ... When she returned to the bus in a different outfit, the rest of her tour group did not recognize her. Then when a description of the 'missing person' was offered - Asian, in dark clothing and speaks English well - the woman seemingly also did not recognize the description as of herself, so she began to assist the others in searching. ... Hours later, around 3 a.m. Sunday, the search party finally realized that, alas, the woman they were looking for was with them all along, and the search was called off.
Chief of police in Hvolsvöllur Sveinn K. Rúnarsson told Iceland news that the woman simply didn't recognize the description of herself, and "had no idea that she was missing."
Here is our problem; the Bible describes us as spiritually lost and separated from God, but we fail to recognize ourselves in the description. The result is that we have no idea that we're lost.
Truth is, we humans are all a rather thick-headed lot who don't readily recognize ourselves in the description of a sinner in need of salvation. Only through the light of humility can our blind eyes finally see how desperate our situation really is. Once we finally see ourselves in the pages of Scripture, the search can be called off. One of God's lost sheep has been found and returned to the fold!
"All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own" (Isaiah 53:6).
"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not 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.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."(Luke 15:4-7, cf. Matthew 18:12).