Today I am celebrating found things. There are so many things I have looked for and found. Yesterday I was driving to Huntington Beach after church and Clayton called to tell me about Amanda’s missing bag. We had all recently gotten air tags so now was the time to see if they worked! Amanda’s phone was showing a location in Garden Grove, which was nowhere near any place they had been, so I headed that way to meet them along with the police and see if we could track down her stuff.
While we waited for the police we looked around the area and even knocked on a door; the air tag gave a very specific location – inside a pest control truck. We called the number listed on the truck and I knocked on an open screen door in an apartment complex, which happened to be the right door. The pest control guy came out to his truck and, long story short, he had her airtag but not her stuff. The apartment manager, not knowing what it was, gave her airtag as a key ring for the complex gate key(which she did not know had fallen off her keyring), so he could come and spray for bugs! So yes the airtag worked in theory! Later, in reality, the missing bag and all the contents were happily restored, having been found at a local grocery store. The airtag is reattached to the right keyring and we are grateful that there is no lost identity or belongings. All has been found.
In the Bible, God pursues the lost and He allows Himself to be found. It says in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” God finds us even before we realize we are lost. He hunts us down. He searches and knows us. He writes His name on our hearts and puts an “airtag” (the seal known as the Holy Spirit) on those who are His. He seeks and saves the lost. He continues to find and redeem all until it is found and restored. Then we will all celebrate all the found things!