8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The past Sunday, we pulled from the parable of the lost coin. The woman in the story looked all over for 1 of 10 coins that had been lost. She lit extra light, swept the floor and finally located the coin. Archeology has shown us that in that area, the typical floor was made from blocks, an almost cobblestone look. Throughout the ancient world most of the coinage that has been collected has come from people’s lost coins being lodged between the stones.
I can see the woman taking her broom and sweeping with long strokes across the stone floor, listening for the “klink” of the coin against the walls of the blocks. Our takeaway was that God lights the darkened world and sweeps across the face of the earth, listening for the cry of His lost children. God’s desire is to pluck us out of our lodged places and to return us back to Him. It is with a divine obsession that He searches. We need to pray for such an obsession, that we would be wholly about the same work of God, finding His children and bringing them to safety.