Sometimes I get mixed up. I’m not the best navigator, and I don’t have a great sense of direction. Even though I’ve plotted my points to get to my destination-map app and all, I still get a little lost. I’m thinking I’m pretty tech savvy, I know how to use an app and how to look for directions. Still somehow, I can just get plain lost.
The same happens in my faith walk. Sometimes I think I’m on the right path. I think I’ve got all I need to get to the next “place.” Sometimes I think I have all the supplies I need, but then I come up short, or I had the wrong motivation, or feel like I can’t even watch and pray. My frustrated heart cries, “I’ve been on this road since I was 5 years old, I should know my way by now.” But then I am reminded that I didn’t make this road. I didn’t invent faith. I didn’t figure it out by myself that I even needed it. I was drawn to it. I was guided to it. I didn’t authorize it. I didn’t write the Book. I’m at best a novice, but I’m in great company, because the One who invented the road is inside of me. He walked the earth and was challenged by some of the very things I’m challenged with and so much more. He walked a road before me that I couldn’t have even known, but He made the road, walked it, bloodied and beaten. He did it first. He did it for you and me. He can ask us to walk that same road, because He Himself did it before us, and mastered it. He can authorize this amazing thing we call faith because He already paid the price.
When we get lost and can’t find our way, we think we’ve come to a dead end, or maybe we turned a corner and fell in a ditch, or maybe we met some bandits at the corner of a dark road, and they have left us beaten and bloody, He’ll carry us along the way. He’ll carry you and me, because He knows we can’t go it alone. He knows we can’t complete our next step without Him. He knows that when we think this faith walk will end in a disaster-He’ll come right along and with joy, help us finish it and finish strong.
If you’re lost right now, you can’t find your way, or you somehow forgot where you were going, you don’t have to look to your neighbor, or your mom or dad, or your spouse, or a random acquaintance. You don’t need to search the wisdom of pop culture, and you don’t need to disappear. You don’t need to look to anyone or anything society tells you to. You just need to look to one person. You look to the Author of the book, and you’ll find yourself found once again.
“Looking unto Jesus, the [a] author and [b] finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
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