sometimes we get lost
Situations begin, like fog, to slowly rise and cover us. We become lost.
Maybe we took our eyes off the Shepherd. Or maybe we took a small detour along the way. We stopped looking to Him but relied more on feelings to guide us. The outcome is the same; we are now lost in the fog. How did we get here?
At first we have no problem following the good Shepherd as we start out on this new path. He holds our hand and as we gaze up at Him, we see and feel the love that drove Him to hang on that cross. We feel the security of that unconditional love that drove Him to the cross, radiating from Him.
Isaiah 41:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.” //www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+41%3A13&version=ESVBible Gateway
But feelings are a tricky thing. We try to gauge truth at times, by how we feel or what we see. So many resources are readily available to feed, teach and inspire us along our walk; Church, worship, social media and TV to name just a few. We become visually and emotionally stimulated; we feel great. We have our favorite worship leaders, Christian singers, bands, evangelists and speakers. We run to this concert or that conference. The sky’s the limit. It’s a good feeling. Our desperate obsession with a Savior has started to wane. Our need isn’t so great….so we think….
A few small storms erupts here and there along our journey, but they’re usually short. And before long it’s over and we are back in the light again holding tightly to the Shepherd’s hand. He reminds us to keep our eyes on Him, never letting go of His hand,. His promise that nothing can separate us from His love. We “feel” secure; part of His flock. Ever so slowly, we begin to feel “we’ve arrived”. The road seems smooth enough and we know how to make it through a storm or two. But there’s a trap hidden along the way by that sneaky Satan. It’s called self-deception.
We start to trust ourselves, our own ability to stay on course. WE, I, those dreadful pronouns that subtly replace the King from the throne. Pride, self-reliance, and self-righteousness become our traveling companions. We become distracted by all the things we see and feel along the way. We don’t see the gray mist slowly coming up enveloping us, obscuring our vision. The financial crisis, the negative medical report or loss of a loved one on the road ahead. Somewhere along the way we “let go” of Him; too distracted to notice. That obsessive relentless love of Him has been replaced with feelings, works and the world. The small compromises we can make to “fit in”. We feel lost.
No longer do we “feel” safe or secure. Questions and doubts begin to dominate our minds and our feelings….drowning out the Spirit’s small quiet voice. The sheep has wandered off and now it is lost. We were doing all the right things, saying all the right things. And we felt spiritually strong. Over and over again in His Word we are told to never take our eyes off Him, our Shepherd, our Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Because if and when we do, we become lost. We can’t see or feel Him. And that was Satan’s goal all along. Separate the sheep from the Shepherd. We become easy prey.
Hebrews 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. courtesy of Bible Gateway.
Fog is deceiving. As it obscures our vision we aren’t able to see nor are we even aware of what’s in front of us. In that blindness, we can make wrong choices or decisions that leads us to destruction. We “feel” lost; even if we really aren’t.
But all is not hopeless, all is not lost. For we have a Father who patiently waits for us to call out His name! ONLY in Him do we find our being, our peace, our security. Walk in victory.
Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
He never said we could walk this journey alone. The Shepherd knew the dangers and traps of the enemy. He never promised us a life without pain or problems. He did promise to never leave us or forsake us. He wants to have an intimate Father, daughter, son relationship. Relentless pursuit of intimacy with Them….Father, Son and Holy Spirit. https://shefoundhercrown.com/2019/09/28/turning-failures-inside-outbuilding-faith/
TRUST, BELIEVE ,and KNOW…..He did not say FEEL ….that His love is everlasting, unconditional and full of mercy when you find yourself blinded by the fog of life. CALL to Him…..He’s never far. Take His hand again. Don’t let go. And don’t look away…but keep your eyes upon Jesus~
Psalm 27:4-6 New International Version (NIV)
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord