I frequently realize I am totally lost! The only bit of good news is that I am stopping to ask directions much sooner than I used to. Take a trip two days ago. We were off to Canterbury Cathedral. Cherry had downloaded a map from the web with detailed directions. As I looked through the beginning the first 12 turns did not make any sense. We wanted to end up on the M25 going east, so I headed out our normal way. The hour drive passed uneventfully until we began to get near Canterbury itself.
As we approached the town, we could see a big tourist direction marker for the Cathedral. Recognizing that ending of our directions could be as confusing as the beginning, I suggested that we take the marked exit. Cherry wanted to follow the printed directions, but we were already off on a new path. Coming into the village the clear signs quickly disappeared. After turning left on a roundabout, I quickly realized I had no idea of where I was or where I was going. Spotting a petrol station, I pulled in to ask direction.
“We do not need to fill up.”
“Yes, I know. But, I do not have any idea of where I am going.”
“You would if you had stayed with my map.”
“Perhaps, but I crossed that bridge awhile back. Should I stay lost or get directions?”
The new directions were easy to follow.
You and I have been on our own path for a long time. Whatever maps our mothers gave us in our youth are still good, however we are so far off it, it seems outdated and useless. Life, sin, and wanderings have taken their toll. Right now, we are just like the woman walking around in sin. “She hasn't a clue about Real Life, about who she is or where she's going.” (Proverbs 5.6)
The question remains, do I know how lost I am? Do I want anyone to find me?
Remember; God has directions and is looking for you and me.