“Adahlyn, pray that Nana will find our way home.”
“Are you lost, Nana?”
“Yes, will you pray with me?”
As I looked in the rear view mirror at the little toddler in her car seat, I realized how having my granddaughter in the car made being lost so much more serious than if it was just me.
I prayed out loud for God to give me direction. After praying I asked Adahlyn if she was afraid.
“No, Nana. You will find the way.”
Thinking about her faith makes me smile. Oh, the bliss of ignorance! If she only knew how terrible my sense of direction is. ( read “No Sense of Direction”) Yet I am thankful she didn’t. I had taken Adahlyn to the store because her parents were in the hospital for the birth of a new little sister. I thought I would pick up a few things at the store and I didn’t want to bother my daughter and son-in-law with asking directions – they were VERY busy.
I drove a bit further and saw on the horizon the cross on the steeple of the church our younger daughter and her family attend. Adahlyn lives just four blocks away. I could see my way to her home!
“Adahlyn, I see the cross on the steeple – I know which way to go now. God answered our prayer.”
The cross was my marker of the right direction in which to go.
One of our coaches shared with the students at FCA Friday. He talked about what to do when we feel lost. He said we should look for a way to get back on the right path. We often think, ‘Well, I’ll just go a bit further and see where this leads….’
As soon as we recognize we are lost in life we need to pray and ask for direction. Those feelings of being lost in our lives come from several causes including:
- we don’t have our destination in sight, our ultimate goal
- we have lost our direction – gotten confused about which way to go to get to our goal
- we have gotten on the wrong path leading the wrong way
- a “shortcut” looks like a good alternative
- we are distracted by what we see along the way (very scary!)
When I was lost driving my granddaughter, I felt so responsible – she was lost, too, all because of me!
As a parent and grandparent the path I choose will take others along with me. If I am lost – they will be lost as well.
Psalm 119 says much about staying on the right path. A few of these verses are;
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
Lord, may we recognize when we are lost.
We certainly don’t want those little ones who are following us to be led down the wrong path.
Thank you, Lord, that your cross leads the way.