About the Lost Sheep Artwork
Beginning a new painting is always difficult. The initial composition and color never seem to work the first time. I want to give up and do something—anything!—else. In this painting I was trying to capture the feeling of dusk and forboding (the sheep is lost), while still keeping the colors bright enough to make an attractive card and print. The process of finding my way in a painting is never exactly fun. It is only my love for what I have begun to create and my hope for what it might become that keeps me going. The end result is what drives me. When the result is good, I am deeply satisfied.
Almost every human being is a creator in one form or another—whether by becoming parents, writing something or decorating a home. Because we live in a fallen world, the process of creation is almost always a struggle. Yet we persist, because we love what we create. Have you ever recognized the secret hope you have that other people will appreciate your creation? I think this is a part of what it means to be made in the image of God. Like Him, we create things, and we love them, faults and all. Could God possibly love His creation less than we love our own? Of course not.
The parable of the lost sheep is one of many illustrations Jesus uses to show us the depth of love and almost irrational commitment our Father offers us. Why would anyone risk losing 99% of what he has to go and find the 1% that is lost? Apparently, from the way Jesus phrased the question, people did that all the time. By loving our own, we gain brief insight into how much God loves us.