Despite our immediate gravitation towards deflecting the question “what’s your special talent?” with a general murmur of expressed humility, we all have hopefully experienced moments where we discover that we do, in fact, have unique skills within us. Mine, as I have discovered throughout my life, is my penchant for finding things.
A bit of background and evidence, when I was really young, perhaps five or six years old, my grandmother lost her ring in our house. I was aware of this and tried with all the effort a child at that age can muster, and eventually a glittering in a corner caught my eye and I produced a lost wedding ring. Along the years, I must have found over a hundred pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters on the streets. Fast forward to winter retreat in 2010 (I believe) at Pali Mountain, a sister lost her iPhone somewhere outside in a snow-covered area, and hours after I heard the bad news, a bar of black appeared in the corner of my vision. Picking it up, I found that it was the missing iPhone. In the summer of 2011, at a church activity at the beach, one of my best friends lost his glasses in the ocean, swept away by the current as he lay down. Tracking the motion of the current, I tried with what little power I had to follow where the glasses might possibly have gone. Looking down into the water, a plume of sand suddenly cleared up and I found a pair of glasses lodged in the sand, looking back at me. Now, in 2012, I was biking to the Pavilion Gym for some volleyball when my left pedal snapped off. I left it and kept going on foot because I didn’t want to be late (even though I was) and when I was walking home on foot, I found it laying in the grassy area.
Now, the purpose of the above paragraph wasn’t to boast about my past and extol myself on a pedestal. It was merely to chronicle events in my life where I have been shown my own personal talent. However, the main thing that I would like to focus on this evening is the use of this talent. I used to take inordinate amounts of pride in my ability to find material objects, but of late, I reflect upon what else my talent could mean. In my heart, more and more each day, I have a desire to find things that aren’t material; specifically, I have a yearning to start finding lost souls. The verses that particularly affect me are James 5:20 and Luke 15:7, both shown below:
James 5:20 “20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
Luke 15:7 “7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
The first covers the logistics behind my desire to find lost souls, and the second shows the ramifications of my potential actions. And yet, I can’t help but think how often we believe we can do something and the Lord shows us otherwise. So now all I do is just wait on Him and see where He leads me.