Daughter Missing In the Middle of the Night

Special guest Coffee Stain this week from my son Charles Porter who works as a church planter in the nation of Tanzania.

Are you living with urgency?

Some people enjoy horror movies. Because their lives are so dull, they need an adrenaline rush maybe, who knows? But what if, as CS Lewis envisions in “Dawn Treader”, what if that worst nightmare came true?

Last night at 2:15 am, Tahnya burst into the bedroom, frantic. “I can’t find Alana anywhere.” Sleep was instantly banished. Every parent’s worst nightmare. A lost child, in the middle of the night. I glanced in the kids’ room and quickly threw on some lights. Then I checked the doors. Still locked from the inside. Good.

But still no Alana. I returned to the kids’ room and searched a little more thoroughly. There, deeply buried in the corner under Joshua’s bed, wrapped in blanket, hidden by a bean bag, was the little Prison Break star.

The relief was amazing, sweeter than dessert. But I cannot banish from my mind those few brief moments of utter desperation as we frantically, frenetically, with total abandon, searched for our daughter. In those moments, I had no thoughts about the other kids. I didn’t stop loving them, but they weren’t lost. They were safe.

If I truly believed that the lost were lost, that children God had redeemed from darkness where still out there, lost, alone, stolen, would my work take on a greater urgency? If I truly believed in eternity and eternal destinies?

Living a little more urgently today.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, NIV)

I’m not arguing. I’m simply explaining why I’m right. Internet

Hmmm …
Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them. -Josie Bisset

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