One of the greatest things about having a blog is the “STATS” page. From it, a blog owner can tell how many hits he’s had on any given day, at what exactly it is that viewers were looking, every click that is made on the blog, and which entries have been most popular and such [Disclaimer: Don’t worry – we can’t see who searched for or clicked on what]. By far, the coolest thing about the STATS page is the “searched for” section. It gives a populated list of search engines from which people clicked on your blog. You might see that you’ve had 35 or 40 referrals from Google-Image Search, and 13 hits from Yahoo! Web Search. And it doesn’t stop there… it will list for you the exact phrases which were typed into those search engines, letting you know what people are “searching for,” and how they found what they were seeking on your blog. Very cool.
Facebook has a nifty little App now that will tell you who has “searched for you.” Be careful, though, because many of those Apps are inroads for stalkers and viruses… but in any case, it is possible to see how many individuals (and sometimes who) has/have viewed your profile or “searched” for you. Have you ever used one of these services, or one to their similar? There’s something exciting about knowing that someone searched for you. Someone was looking for you. They took some time out of their schedule to look you up. Typed your name in a search engine, and were directed toward your profile or blog. They were seeking you. It leaves us with more questions than answers, really… “WHO was looking for me?” “WHY were they looking for me?” “Did my site/profile answer their questions?” “Will they be searching for me again?” But nonetheless, it makes us feel significant and desired… someone searched for me.
God does that. Not that He doesn’t know where you are or is incapable of finding you without some third party’s assistance… but scripture tells us that He seeks you out. He looks for you, in the sense that He desires to get in touch with you. He longs for communion with you. He wants a relationship with you. In Matthew 18, Jesus tells us that God seeks out His own who are gone astray. He uses the analogy of the Shepherd and the flock. In the presence of 99 sheep whom He knows and loves, He longs to “find” the lost 1. He will leave the 99 to search for that 1. That 1 is me. That 1 is you. He seeks you out. Because He loves you.
The Shepherd/sheep analogy is used often in scripture. Another instance that comes to mind is from the prophet Ezekiel:
“For this is what the Lord GOD says: See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them. As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock . . . I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak…” – Ezekiel 34:11-12, 16 (HCSB).
A sheep that is lost is in a very precarious situation. Disoriented. Alone. Scared. Susceptible to injury. Prone to weakness. But God – the Great Shepherd – seeks them out, binds up their wounds, and strengthens them once again. I love this doubling up of the verbs’ subject in verse 1… “I Myself…” in the King James translation, it reads, “I, even I…” God’s seeking out of His sheep is too important of a task to delegate. He doesn’t send His angels, His under-sheperds, or His secretaries and branch-managers to do this task for Him. He is prepared to stop everything and allow the 99 to wait on Him while He seeks out the 1. You are that important.
I would hate for us to get too caught up in the weaknesses of temporal analogies to describe God’s passion for and involvement with His pinnacle creation. His love for and devotion to His sheep are so far beyond what simple parables can relate. But at least on a surface level, we can find comfort in the fact that the God of the Ages is intimately concerned with our own well-being. He is personally active in seeking us out when we have wandered astray. He lovingly restores us, binds up our wounds, and sets us back on the right paths for His Name’s sake.
Someone searched for you. He is passionately concerned with your well-being. He is personally dedicated to your safety. He longs for your companionship and relationship along your life’s journey. That Someone is the God of eternity. He desires you… because to Him, you are of utmost significance… even when you may feel abandoned, lost, weak, injured, scared, and hopeless. At those moments in your life, God says, “I, even I… I Myself… will seek you out, and I will find you. I will bind up your wounds, and I will strengthen you. You are that important to me.“
Grace and Peace,