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Topic: Directions (02/02/04)

TITLE: I Once Was Lost
By Jacqueline Odom-Bullock
02/02/04

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Here I was a foreigner in this new city. I had packed my belongings in my car like “The Beverly Hillbillies” the night before. Why had I not asked for directions? I blindly set off five hundred miles away from my home solely depending on memory of a one- time trip previously.

I traveled from the early morning hours into the mid afternoon. The sun blazed as the air was hot and humid. I became restless and sleepy. I pulled the car over into a small country mom and pop gas station that looked like it came out of a sci-fi movie I once saw. I entered inside to see three sullen looking faces that made the welcome sign on the door appear as a joke. I quickly walked to the refrigerator and pulled out a bottle of coke to afraid to ask how far was I from my destination. I paid for my pop and got out of there as fast as possible. I got into my car too thinking, “Those people sure give southerner’s a bad name.”

I finally reached my exit on the interstate and got off. I was familiar with the area but found myself going in circles for about thirty minutes. I thought I could feel my way by what I saw around me. I figured sooner than later I would recognize a landmark or two. Through my own ignorance and no direction, I was lost. I finally cried to the Lord to ask for help. Thirty minutes later after nine hours of traveling, I had reached my destination.

We as Christians sometimes forget that we are a dependent people. We depend on God to take us from day to day. We depend on him for our daily bread. We depend on God for everything. Or do we really? Sometimes we become like the prodigal son, or the lost sheep that God speaks about in Luke 15. We must always remember to ask God for directions in our life so that we won’t become lost.

“In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:6


Member Comments
Member Date
L.M. Lee02/09/04
the joy of being found!
Glenda Lagerstedt02/11/04
Great advice, good example. Yes, it is too true that we as Christians tend to think that we can do it ourselves. Thank God for His faithfulness to us!
Donna Anderson02/14/04
Thank God for the grace, patience and love of the Good Shepard!