Jesus, as he often did with his followers, used parables to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. One in particular describes a woman who lost a valuable silver coin. In this story, Jesus referenced a Jewish bride who wore beautiful, traditional wedding attire that included a distinguishable headband adorned with 10 coins. In a normal day’s activities, like going to the market and whatnot, she would have kept the headband on, along with its ten coins. This stunning headband was just as symbolic as the modern-day wedding ring and showed she was married.
In this parable, she lost one of the valued coins. She looked through her whole house and couldn’t find it. She looked everywhere in every nook and cranny possible, knowing it’s an extremely valuable and symbolic silver coin. Imagine her frustration and anguish when she couldn’t find it anywhere.
One day after sweeping, she finally found it! She told all her friends “I found it, I found my lost coin!” She placed it back into her headband with great celebration. In Luke 15:9 it states: “And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ “
Friend, as the coin was restored and put back into place, God wants to remind us “that the Kingdom of God without you is like this valuable lost coin.” The Kingdom of God is incomplete without you. Imagine this woman’s excitement, rejoicing, and laughter — this is how the Father feels about us!