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The Shepherd's Heart: Finding our way

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"You're lost, aren't you?"

"No I'm not. I know exactly where I am."

"You're lost, alright. I can see it in your eyes."

"I am not lost!"

Have you ever been part of such a conversation? It can drive you crazy, I'm sure.

Most of us, at one time or another, have been heading toward a certain destination only to find that we've lost our way -- which is a pleasant way to say we got lost. The primary byproducts of getting lost are frustration, anger, and even embarrassment.

Some folks will stop at a filling station or convenient store and ask for directions. Others just keep on going, hoping and praying they will figure out where they're headed and find their way on their own.

I was once a member of the latter group. Trudging ever onward in high hopes that I would get it all figured out before anyone suspected I might be turned around, slightly off track, or -- God forbid -- all out lost. If I could get us to our destination without too much tension, I told myself, I might even look like a hero.

That's usually when the question would come from out of the blue.

"You're lost, aren't you?"

Someone in the car had added one plus one and actually arrived at two.

"No I'm not. I know exactly where I am." Confidently spoken, to assure everyone that we were safe and secure and on our merry way to somewhere.

"You're lost, alright. I can see it in your eyes."

"I am not lost!" The exclamation point evident in the retort gave away my frustration.

Many times, the problem isn't my sense of direction; it's the instructions I've been given.

I'm glad we don't have to worry about getting lost as we walk out our beliefs.

God doesn't want us to stumble around. He wants us to know exactly where we're going. He doesn't to be unsure of whether or not our steps are the right ones or the wrong ones. That's why we receive specific instructions from Him regarding the path we are to travel. We can know where we're going if we choose to stop and ask Him directions each and every day.

You see, like many of the Biblical characters we are familiar with, God has a plan for our lives. We each have a God-given mission that He is more than willing to help us carry out.

The key to knowing and following God's plan for our lives depends on our own ability to receive directions from Him and our willingness to follow those directions. They give light to our purpose, mission, and vision. In fact, our greatest asset in finding and progressing along our way -- spiritually -- is an unbroken connection with God.

May we never hear that oh so familiar question coming not from the passenger seat, but from the Holy Spirit.

"You're lost, aren't you?"

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BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart