You’ve probably seen the quote “All who wander are not lost.” That may be true but sometimes those who are lost have a tendency to wander. And wonder? I remember the last time I was lost.
We were driving to a party at a friend’s house.
I was sure I knew how to get where were going. I’d been in that part of town several times but just to be safe we followed the directions from the GPS.
We soon realized we were lost, at night, in the rain, listening to Country Christmas music.
After several unsuccessful attempts to find our way we decided to phone a friend.
I was so relieved when she answered. She helped us get back on the right road and talked us through the winding roads and signs along the way. When we made a wrong turn she helped us see we weren’t quite there yet. She encouraged us to keep going and stayed with me on the phone until we had safely reached our destination. She was sympathetic to the trouble the storm had caused and understood how easy it was to lose our way in the dark. She was just the voice I needed to hear.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve lost my way.
Life is full of storms and dark places.
But often I think I know the way. “I’ve been here before,” I tell myself. So I keep going, wandering and wondering, down the wrong road. The consequences are grave. I risk missing the
party abundant life (John 10:10).
But our Father is sympathetic to the trouble the storm can cause and He understands how easy it is to lose our way in this dark world. So He gives clear instructions about what we’re to do when we’ve lost our way.
When You’ve Lost Your Way
Stop! Acknowledge (confess) that you’re on the wrong path.
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” – Jeremiah 17:5
Look! Seek out a reliable source of truth–God’s Word or
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” -Psalm 32:8
Listen! Follow the instructions you are given.
“This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” -Isaiah 48:17