"As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them..." (1 Samuel 9:20 ESV)
Often in life we lose things. Big things. Important things. Valuable things. Sometimes it's by default and sometimes it's from simply having to let go. Whether voluntary or accidental, it's always difficult to experience loss. Yet, in the kingdom of God, when we lose we actually gain. When Saul lost his donkeys, it would be like a farmer ditching a tractor, or a moving company wrecking a van... a major source of income and livelihood... Gone. Yet, if Saul had not lost his donkeys he would not have gone on a mad search for them and would have never met Samuel. Saul's destiny to become king was tied directly to his loss (Also see 1 Samuel 9:22; 10:1, 14). Often in my life and ministry when I've experienced loss, failure, lack, looking at a month without bookings, or even losing important relationships to no fault of my own, it caused me to go on the hunt, searching, calling, inquiring, praying, etc. As as result, I've run directly into the most amazing opportunities because the loss propelled me forward into the next season of greater fruitfulness. Often, when I've lost something or had to give it up, I've discovered bigger doors of favor simply by being forced to move forward. We can allow loss to paralyze us or mobilize us. In my experience, I've often had to to give up to go up. I've even had to let go of good things that were working for me in order to attain the better things. In our key passage, the prophet Samuel tells Saul not to focus on the lost donkeys. Sooner or later we have to let go of what we've lost and begin focusing on what's next. Even if we don't know what it is, we should get our expectancy level high for the great things God is about to do. So if you've lost something, ask God to help you let it go and show you what to do next. You just might be surprised at what you will find when you stop looking for the lost donkeys.