December 30, 2019
The Path That Leads Us Home
"Your unfailing love is always before me; I have journeyed down Your path of truth." Psalm 26:3 (VOICE)
I didn't know my son was lost until a stranger showed up on the driveway to deliver him home on that winter day long ago.
We had just relocated our family to a new state, and our life had spiraled into a sudden blur of mayhem and moving boxes. Our kids quickly grew tired of unpacking, so they bundled up and headed outside to explore our new backyard. Soon, they'd organized a game of hide-and-go-seek in the snowy woods behind our house. And as his big sisters discussed who would be the first seeker, 7-year-old Joshua scurried off to find a hiding place in the trees. I watched from the window for a few moments and then turned my attention back to the tower of boxes in my kitchen.
Thirty minutes later, I was unpacking dishes and organizing silverware when an unfamiliar truck pulled into our driveway. We didn't know a soul in our new town yet, so I wondered who our visitor could be.
A man we'd never met slipped out from behind the steering wheel, and a familiar 4-foot boy tumbled out of the passenger door.
What followed were swift introductions and a brief tale of a little boy who'd gotten lost in the woods and eventually wandered into a neighbor's yard, a half mile from home.
With a scarlet-faced mix of gratitude and horror, I thanked our new neighbor for finding our lost son and awkwardly apologized for the inconvenience. He gave us a kind-eyed smile and patted Joshua's slender shoulders. "I'm just glad I was able to help him find his way home."
When Joshua climbed into bed that night, the whole story spilled out between tears and trembles.
In a weary whisper, my boy told me how he'd scurried through the woods in search of a "really good hiding spot." In his excitement he'd wandered so far away he could no longer see our house through the snow-tipped trees.
He'd walked in circles until he finally hollered for help, and in time, the kind neighbor acknowledged his cry.
Tears burned in my own eyes as I imagined my son lost and confused in that maze of snow and tree trunks. I kissed him goodnight and whispered a prayer of thanks over my little boy and the caring stranger who had led him home.
Just as I was leaving his room, Joshua lifted his head and muttered, "Mom, what we need in our woods is a path ... then I could find my way home."
I've never been lost in the woods on a winter's day, but I've certainly felt misguided and confused, trying to navigate my way through this broken world.
I've found myself lost in messy relationships and adrift in my own insecurities. I've been misled by the bedlam of the world around me and fooled by the longings of my own heart.
I've spun in circles as I've tried to navigate the uncharted challenges of marriage, and I've stood stuck as I attempted to find my way through the ever-changing demands of parenting.
And it's in those moments of confusion and seasons of uncertainty that I am humbly thankful for the gift of God's Word and those who've helped point me in the right direction.
As Psalm 26:3 reminds us God's truth is more than an age-old tale; it's a trusted trail.
"Your unfailing love is always before me; I have journeyed down Your path of truth."
The longer I'm in this world, the more I believe nobody should have to wander through life lost and afraid. That's why, by God's grace, I'm committed to helping people encounter Jesus and equipping them to travel the path of God's Word. Perhaps you are too?
Let's spur each other on in the journey. Together, we can be like my sweet new neighbor on that winter's day long ago. Because we all know that it's not just 7-year-olds who need a path to find their way home.
Lord, I'm so thankful that You allow us to come alongside others on their path - their journey to growing closer to You. Help me continue to reach more and more of the lost souls around me, as we're all just wandering through this broken world. May I be a beacon of light reaching others with the hope and truth found in Your Word. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 4:26, "Take care you don't stray from the straight path, the way of truth, and you will safely reach the end of your road." (VOICE)
John 8:32, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (NLT)
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