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Today's Devotional Reading
Paid Dearly

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it (Mt.13:45-46).

The story is told of a young boy who had worked hard to build a model boat. The boat was beautiful and the boy was pleased as he looked at what he had made. The day came that the boy had long awaited, the day he would take his boat to the lake at the city park and set it afloat in the water. With excitement, he set the boat in the water and gave it a push. But in his excitement he pushed it a little too hard and the boat soon moved out beyond the boy's reach. In a short time the boat was pushed along by a breeze and moved further and further until it faded from sight. The young boy was heart-broken and ran home and told his father what had happened. His father assured him they would go and by another boat--one even bigger and better than the one he had lost. The next day, the boy was walking down the street when while he was passing a pawn shop he noticed a model boat in the store window. But it was not just any boat, it was his boat--the very one he had labored to build and had lost at the lake. The boy quickly ran into the store and told the owner what had happened, but the store owner insisted that if the boy wanted the boat he would have to pay for it. The price was not too great for the boy as he gave the owner the money to buy back what was already his. For the boy thought to himself, "This is my boat again. For I made it, and then it was lost, and now I have found it and have bought it back again. And it is mine once more."
Sometimes, it seems that we forget the value that we hold in the eyes of our maker. We look at our lives and sometimes let the circumstances persuade us that we have been all but forgotten. There are those times when we are like the lost boat, adrift without a sense of direction or purpose, and we might feel as though we are far and away from the safety of a shore whereon our Maker stands--watching us move further away from Him.
But our Lord has not forgotten, and He misses the one who is lost while many are not. He longs to bring back to Himself those who for some reason have drifted away and are not where they belong. He has not forgotten, and He will leave the ninety nine to find the one, and He notices just one that is missing among thousands who are not.
Sometimes we forget the price that was paid for us. We forget how great a love the Father has for us that He would give His own Son so we might be in His Hands once more.

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God (Isa.43:1-3).

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