But the father said to his slaves “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” And they began to celebrate. Luke 15:22-24
Alan Murphy, was devastated; while on vacation in the United States, Murphy lost his digital camera. That loss would cost him all of his vacation pictures from the trip. Disheartened, Murphy, an Irish insurance underwriter now living in Australia, returned home to Sydney.
However, on his 34th birthday, not quite two weeks later, he learned he would be getting the missing camera and the photos back. “I was over the moon,” he says now.
At dusk on New Year’s Eve [,2007], Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery. Sitting on the back seat was a nice Canon digital camera.Gunderson asked the driver which previous passenger might have left it, but the cabbie didn’t seem to care.
Thus began the saga of several amateur sleuths determined to unite an unknown individual with a camera lost and found in NYC.
Together the friends spent hours culling the digital images stored in the camera’s memory, looking for and following up on minuscule clues as to the camera’s owner. Lead after lead was followed to a dead-end when one last look by the last of the detectives revealed the interior of a NYC business not far away.
That final effort would put the Canon back in the hands of its owner. We were lost, but now we’re found; no amateur detectives were needed however. No, the Most High God who created us has known where we were all along.
We may be lost to eternal life but God has a light on for us to follow home. Praise Him!