Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Sakata
Grace Through a Not So Perfect Pot
Jennifer is a sister speaker and author in the book, Whispers of Grace.
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“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” Luke 15: 8-10, NLT
Sandwiched in the middle of two other stories about lost things being found, sits this sketch of a woman and her lost coin. All three stories include some kind of celebration. It makes sense to rah-rah when a lost sheep is discovered or whoop it up for a wayward child who has come home.
But invite friends and neighbors in over a lost coin—a celebration preceded by the admission of having lost something so dear in the first place?
Sometimes, what we’ve mislaid is insignificant and no big deal—perhaps inconvenient, but not life-altering. Like the glasses I left on top of my head or the scissors chillin’ out in the freezer or the keys buried under a pile of papers long-forgotten. Those lost things make us all laugh and appreciate our collective absentmindedness.
But when I’ve misplaced something big like a large amount of cash, or a birth certificate, or some prized-piece of jewelry, I don’t want everyone to know about it.
I’m embarrassed. How could I have lost something so important? How could I have been so careless with something so precious? Why didn’t I set it someplace I’d remember?
Guilty as charged.
Eyes are drawn to my inability to keep track of things I never should have lost.
Such a script forces us to hide, frantically searching for what remains hidden—until it is not.
There is shame and criticism in these voices with their laser-focus on our inability—this toxic spotlight on what I ‘shouldn’t’ have done, or how ‘inept’ and ‘slipshod’ I am.
Meanwhile, something lost or someone off in the distance sits waiting to be found.
Have you ever been there? Ever been so distracted by your inability that the ‘shoulds’ and the ‘would-a could-as’ speak louder than the truth—that we serve a grace-giving God who specializes in lost things being found.
I love this woman’s response: Come on over—everyone! Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin. She’s unafraid to celebrate. Her rejoicing covers any trace of ineptitude or lack of planning or disorganization.
The distraction of inability is quickly replaced by the point of the story Jesus tells: the lost is found; it’s reason enough to make merry.
The woman and her celebrations are such a beautiful image of grace. No more energy wasted on why the coin was lost or how it got that way. No more perseverating on what character flaws caused her to lose it. “Found” is the order of the day, and now it’s time to party!
Grace gives eyes to see and celebrate what’s been found. Grace welcomes a friend and reaches toward a neighbor in recognition of what wasn’t but now is. Grace removes the distraction of our inability and replaces it with God’s sufficiency for His Glory and our good.
Where have you lost something precious?
Perhaps it’s something you’ve treasured over the years.
Or perhaps it’s some way of being and seeing God and others that has slipped through the cracks of busyness, rush, hurry and a mind that’s too full for remembering one more thing.
No matter the reason, let go the distraction; it’s never been about your ability or mine. It’s always about His—through us.
And besides, the search is always better when shared. So is the party too!
Jesus, thank you for being a Savior and Lord who finds lost things, rejoices in lost things found and calls us to do likewise. When my heart is hard or keeping track of all the ways I ‘shouldn’t’ have, draw me nearer to You, God of Grace. When I’m the one doing the losing, help me not be shamed into silence. Open my eyes to what’s lost and forgotten. Thank you that You call me to celebrate—to look beyond myself to what You are up to. Thank you for finding me each day. Amen.
As always, I appreciate your support and the honor of encouraging you through words of my own and others each month.
Seeking to serve,
Get to Know Jennifer Sakata
Rev. Jennifer Sakata is a storyteller, observer of life, and grace-growing follower of Jesus. She lives in Central Illinois with her husband Craig and two fun-loving sons. Jennifer is a speaker, writer, and contributing author in two recent publications: She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope by Redemption Press and Whispers of Grace by EA Books. Jennifer is active in her community and you might see her cycling around on her hot-pink-tired road bike!
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