When I was 16 I came home late from a night of partying. I went into the bathroom, locked the door & sat there, ticked off & overwhelmed. I mean, how was I suppose to maintain my freedom in Christ, at the same time, indulge in my freedom to party? In my immaturity, I only saw it as a choice to make – so I prayed. I actually asked God to leave my heart – I told him I didn’t want to be a Christian anymore. Thankfully, God did not answer that prayer. He promises He will never leave us. He wouldn’t be God if He did. In Matthew 18:12-14, Jesus talked about a shepherd who has 100 sheep & 1 wanders off. The shepherd leaves the 99 to rescue that 1. You see, it’s a lamb’s nature to get lost, but its Gods nature to find. I am here today because God rescued me when I got lost. Sometimes I wonder why. “Was I that important to you, God?” But in God’s relentless love for lambs–every lamb is worth rescuing, no lamb is worth leaving. When I was 16, I thought freedom was at the party. But its not. Freedom was found in the pasture. Safe, free and good with the Shepherd.