At some point, there are moments in life when everyone feels alone or lost and it is during those moments that we need to turn to the Savior.
“Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you” (Utchdorf, 2016). There is a musical “Dear Evan Hansen” that talks about the lost being found. Here is the summary:
Evan Hansen is a high school senior who suffers from social anxiety disorder, which inhibits his ability to connect with other people and make friends. After the death of one of his classmates, he fabricates a lie that inadvertently brings him closer to the classmate’s family, while also allowing him to gain his own sense of purpose.
“You Will Be Found”
It really touches on the idea that if you reach out, someone will take your hand and help you. You won’t have to be alone.
Here are some of the lyrics that really stood out:
Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear
The song continues:
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand
And oh, someone will come running
And I know they’ll take you home
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
Lift your head and look around
You will be found
This part of the song can be related back to Christ. He brings light to the darkness, He picks you off the ground when you are broken, and if you reach out your hand He will grab your hand and bring you to safety.
There’s a place where we don’t have to feel unknown
And every time that you call out
You’re a little less alone
If you only say the word
From across the silence
Your voice is heard
The Lost Will Be Found
President Utchdorf says,
“It matters not how completely ruined our lives may seem. It matters not how scarlet our sins, how deep our bitterness, how lonely, abandoned, or broken our hearts may be. Even those who are without hope, who live in despair, who have betrayed trust, surrendered their integrity, or turned away from God can be rebuilt.”
That is the hope and power of the Atonement. President Utchdorf continues,
“The joyous news of the gospel is this: because of the eternal plan of happiness provided by our loving Heavenly Father and through the infinite sacrifice of Jesus the Christ, we can not only be redeemed from our fallen state and restored to purity, but we can also transcend mortal imagination and become heirs of eternal life and partakers of God’s indescribable glory.”
President Utchdorf tells us what to do to be found by Christ,
His invitation is simple:
“Turn … to me.”
“Come unto me.”
“Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you.”
“This is how we show Him that we want to be rescued. It requires a little faith. But do not despair. If you cannot muster faith right now, begin with hope. If you cannot say you know God is there, you can hope that He is. You can desire to believe. That is enough to start.
“Then, acting on that hope, reach out to Heavenly Father. God will extend His love toward you, and His work of rescue and transformation will begin. Over time, you will recognize His hand in your life. You will feel His love. And the desire to walk in His light and follow His way will grow with every step of faith you take”.