Despite the fact that we had a very good fence around our backyard when I was growing up, our dogs were master escape artists. They apparently loved the wide open spaces and would wander far from our house whenever they were able to sneak out. My parents would then have to drive around until they found them. Fortunately, Rascal and Appy always thought that getting in the car meant going on a trip so they were easy to lure for recovery.
How terrible it would have been if, when we discovered the dogs were missing, we simply shrugged our shoulders and said “Hmm. Now that’s just too bad.” We would have been completely irresponsible owners, not to mention lacking in kindness and compassion for our pets.
Jesus told this parable
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Look closely at how this is phrased. Do you notice he says the man will search “until he finds it”? The insinuation here is that he doesn’t just give a cursory scan – he seeks. He goes into the wilderness, which is by nature inhospitable and most likely dangerous.
We know Jesus referred to himself as the Good Shepherd. When he speaks of the lost here, he isn’t just referring to dumb sheep. His love sacrificed everything to rescue even just one who is lost!
Wait for Me
Series: Montana Rescue #6
Published by Revell
Publication Date November 6, 2018
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.
EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he's no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness--with murderous intent.
Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he's learned to find Jess and Esme--and pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Troubled Waters, Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5)
When Pete hears that Jess is missing, he doesn’t think twice about going out to find her. Because that is what love does. It rescues with no thought of cost or whether the love will be returned. Though it wasn’t referenced specifically in the story, as I read of his desperate search for her, I couldn’t help but think about the scripture that talks about how the Good Shepherd leaves the ninety-nine sheep who are safe to go find the one who is lost. My entire picture of that passage changed from a view of a relatively simple search to one more like the kind that went on here – through perilous circumstances, sacrificing everything to save the lost sheep. Wow! Because the things Jesus went through to rescue me weren’t easy or simple.
In case you haven’t figure it out yet, I was profoundly touched by this story. The sacrificial kind of love shown by Pete, who had no hope of having his love returned, was also shown by Ned. Ned first appeared in Storm Front and he returns in this story to see if the attraction he felt was returned. And in the process, he is severely injured along with Jess and the love of his life. As they escape from a kidnapper, he fights through his pain to carry his love, who is now close to death, to whatever safety they can find. (I won’t reveal her name in case you haven’t started the series yet – that could be a spoiler.)
Every page I turned had another twist. Each time they thought they were safe, they found out they weren’t. Floods, kidnappings, attempted murder, jealousy. Yep. It is all here, and more.
With the stories from the previous novels being so closely linked to this one, it was necessary for the author to do some recapping. She did a marvelous job in providing the backstory in a manner that flowed well and didn’t feel even remotely like an information dump. It seriously may have been the best I’ve ever seen. In addition, details from the past year from both Pete and Jess’ lives needed to be revealed, and again, the way that was done was masterful.
This was an amazing conclusion to an already thrilling series!