I hate being lost. I hate the stress that comes from not knowing where I am and I don’t like it when I don’t know where I’m going. I abhor stopping to ask for directions. So I keep maps in my car and I have a GPS. And yet, despite my best efforts there are still times when I am simply lost.
Being lost is a time of stress, anxiety, confusion and fear. There are times in this life when each of us know the feeling of being lost. Sometimes we’re in our cars driving circles. But sometimes we feel lost in other ways…
- Lost – Stressed over unemployment or underemployment.
- Lost – Struggling with illness, grief, and separation,
- Lost – Worried about loved ones, family and friends.
- Lost – Frustrated with God and wrestling with faith.
- Lost – Left to roam, worry and wander.
In scripture God calls to his people who are lost and says,
“A highway there shall be, and it shall be called the Holy Way… it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.” Isaiah35:8
See, God has, is and will continue to seek the lost.
And God will place them in the Way.
In high school I pumped gas at a Kwik Fill just off the main highway. Cars would constantly speed into the parking lot with exhausted and frustrated drivers trying to find their way. Under the direction of annoyed wives, the husbands would ask me how to get where they were going. And I’d always start by saying, “You’re not as lost as you think you are. Just take a right. You’ll find the way.”
You’re not as lost as you think you are. It might feel like you’re abandoned or alone. It might seem like the road isn’t clear, but God is with you. And the God who restored Israel, who led the exiles into the promised land, who came as a shepherd seeking lost sheep, and who sent the Spirit to gather us in – that God will place you in the Way.
“And you shall return and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon your heads;
you shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
In The Way,
Pastor Scott Hannon