Daily Discipleship: An engine company’s perspective
The Primary Search: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
As a firefighter, we are often assigned to perform a primary or secondary search on the fire ground. We are familiar with the primary search and its purpose to quickly search an area near the fire in hopes to find anyone who may have become lost/trapped. On the fire ground, when we are told that there is a child in the A/D corner of the bedroom, firefighters know what to do. We are properly suited up, PPE in place, and we have our hand line to protect us along with our tools to assist in search and rescue.
In the story of the lost sheep, the Good shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to save the one lost sheep. From an outsiders perspective we are guilty of saying “Why would anyone leave 99 to save one?” Each and every human being is loved by God and Christ died so that all may live. If we arrive at a house fire and we are told that three of the four children are accounted for but they cannot find their youngest child you’d better believe we are going to do everything in our power to locate and save that child. We as firefighters understand the value of human life. God “demonstrated His great love in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Why? Because God loves all of His children and every life is important to Him. As we put on our PPE to search for the lost remember that God clothed himself in human flesh and took on the form of a servant to die for you and for me. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).