Blessings all! It’s 5-Minute Friday and I’m tasked with Lisa Jo’s word for this week: LOST
Hmmmm . . . this old musical comedy queen found herself speaking out that word with the horror and alarm of a character in one of my favorite stage plays. Ergo my five minute writing rumination, thus:
“Lost! Lost! LOST!” Ruth cries out when her deception of young Frederick is revealed and her lies return to bite.
Old Ruth put herself forward as something she was not in the opening scenes of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Pirates of Penzance, and felt the horror of being uncovered for who she really was.
“Pirates” is a rollicking musical comedy operetta – Gilbert and Sullivan at their Victorian best. Yet, Ruth’s lament of “lost” when coming to realize that she could no longer control her situation is a tragedy, indeed.
But, I understand her. She was alone. Depending upon herself and her young ward, Frederick, for her future. Attempting to cling to a relationship with him that he had decidedly outgrown – as, so too, had she. Set adrift with no purpose and having wounded her dearest one in her selfish deceit, she was quite “lost.”
The story moves forward with the focus off Ruth, who returns to a life of piracy – played for laughs as it was. But, how I identified with her in that initial moment of realizing that her past was passe and her future bleak because she was suddenly “lost” in the present.
A stage play with implausible action and a deliriously happy ending, this silly story has it’s deeper truths to connect with the human condition in a serious way – if you take the time to look. Anyone who has ever suffered through the “loss” of the familiar, of a loved one, a marriage, a job – an injustice of any kind that sweeps away the comforts of one’s life – leaving the cold and dark of “alone . . . and lost.”
I AM FOUND – by my Shepherd King. Could there be any future ending more deliriously happier that that?
Ding-dong . . . time’s up!
Time to fix my grammar and make a couple of memes. But, I need to finish my thought – expounding on the second thing that popped into my head at the mention of “lost” as a writing prompt.
First, was Ruth’s fearful cries – the “LOST” part.
Second, the confident Word of the Lord in Psalm 139:1-18 (NLT) – the “FOUND” part:
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave,you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
But even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
Surely – though I may see myself as LOST when my past seems no compass for the turbulent waters of my present, my future is secure in the hands of a God who knows me – intimately – and sees me in every place past, present and future!
In Whom I am NEVER LOST . . . but FOUND.
Sharing Ruth is Lost this week with:
Lisa Jo Baker at Five Minutes Friday
Lyli at Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3D Lessons 4Life
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Still Saturday with Sandra Heska King
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays
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