You may have thought that I was lost since I have not written a new post for a while. I confess to feeling a little lost these days in the midst of hurricanes and earthquake devastation, fires that claim life and property, threats being fired back and forth about nuclear destruction, a plague afflicting Madagascar, people in Puerto Rico without drinkable water and lack of food following a hurricane, and the horrible deaths and injuries to people from the automatic weapons used in Las Vegas. These incidents always make an impact on me and as a result I feel lost sometimes. I wonder where God is and I feel so helpless.
Gerhard Frost in his book of meditations titled “Homing in the Presence”, tells this story. “There was once a powerful man, important in the world of business. He was accustomed to command, to having his own way. One day, late for an appointment, he decided to take a shortcut. To his dismay, he soon found that he had chosen the wrong road. He realized he was completely lost, and he determined to ask the first person he saw for directions.
That person was a child. He addressed the young boy gruffly, ‘Boy, which way to Dover?’ ‘I don’t know,’ the child responded, embarrassed.
‘Well then,’ the man demanded, ‘how far to Paynesville?’ ‘I don’t know that either,’ the child answered.
The man’s questions got angrier as the boy kept responding with the same answer. The boy grew more and more uncomfortable and, finally, the man lost his temper and shouted, ‘You don’t know much, do you?’
Then, for the first time, the boy smiled. Looking up the winding road that led to a little house where the evening light shone through the window, the boy exclaimed, ‘No, but I’m not lost.'”
There are times when life’s stressors, complications and fearsome catastrophes can play havoc with our faith, and we lose sight of Whose we are and who we are. Those pillars of strength and security in our lives seem to be melting and crumbling and we feel lost. Our leaders may also appear to have no moral or spiritual foundation and the future looks hopeless with no compass or clear compassionate direction.
In the midst of this seeming chaotic picture, we need to hear again that God has found us, and that all, especially you and me, are not lost. We have been found in Jesus Christ, and God’s promise to us of his never-ending love, holds us close even in the worst circumstances. Psalm 90 says,
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
We always have a home in God’s grace and the light is always on for us.