When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it;
It is interesting that they did not lose Jesus in the market place or at Joseph’s workplace. They lost him in the temple while fulfilling religious duties. It is so easy to lose the Lord because we are busily engaged in church and religious activity. We think He is still among us, like they thought he was in the caravan, but in our activity, even good activities, we have left Him behind.
They were wise enough to go back to Jerusalem to search. When we find ourselves in a spiritually dry spell it is wise to go back to where we last knew He was with us. Is there something He told us to do that we have not done? Is there something He said stop doing that we are still involved in? Examine the area we last knew He was with us and keep searching and waiting until we once again sense His presence.
Many around you, the rest of the caravan, will continue anxiously moving on with life. Sometimes you have to separate from the crowd. But if you will make finding Him your priority you will find His presence again quietly doing the Father’s work.
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Psalm 46:10-11 (NIV)
“Be still, and know that I am God; ?.. The Lord Almighty is with us;…