Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Lost and Found
I had never tried to take all of them before, but wasn't particularly worried about it. (Oh for the innocence of those days!). We loaded up the big yellow banana, (read yellow VW Van) and took off for a day of fun.
The first thing I noticed when we arrived at the fair was all the people! There were so many people, literally everywhere. It made me nervous. I immediately assigned everyone a buddy. Now, I supposedly did not need to worry.
He was three and had an insatiable curiosity. He was the one who could be right next to you and not hear you call. He was the one who loved everyone and thought they were his best friends if they just smiled and talked nicely. I paniced. I went up to the nearest security guard. He called on his radio to his boss and they closed down the building and the main gates to the fair.
This was at the time when children were being stolen at amusement parks. So, no one took it lightly. Everyone set out to search for one small three-year-old boy. Forty-five minutes later, we were still looking. Finally, one of the guards sent me to the other side of the fair (fifteen minutes away) to the lost and found. I walked into a room and there, in front of a craft table making pictures, was Adam. He looked up and saw me and immediately started crying, "You was lost!" He said, "Don't you ever get lost again! I looked for you everwhere and you was lost!" I suppose he was right, in his world, I was the one who was lost. It did not seem to dawn on him that all the other kids were "lost" with me too.
Our Savior knows that we will all make mistakes. He knew that some of us would become "lost" like my son, Adam. He provided a way for those lost ones to be found. He provided the atonement that we might live together with Him in the house of our Father. As a mother, I know that it hurts deeply to have a child become lost. If I, imperfect as I am, feel that loss, how much more does our Heavenly Father feel it, when His children are lost, not just for the here and now, but perhaps even into eternity. May we all strive to love each one of our brothers and sisters that wonder lost and alone. May we be willing to help bring them home.