Do you ever get lost? One of the great things about living on the Front Range is the mountains help me keep my bearings and generally I know which way is north, south, east and west.  That, and the GPS in my car or in my phone generally keep me from getting lost geographically.

But what about being lost mentally, emotionally, or spiritually?

Most mornings I try to make a list of what’s on the docket for the day.  Sometimes my to-do list turns into quite the circuitous route.  I generally don’t march down the list in numerical order.  And that often frustrates me.  I feel like mentally I wander and my brain gets lost in the pile of tasks.  Distractions reign.  And then I wonder what has more priority: the distraction or the list. Hmmm….lost in my mind. (Or, lost my mind!)

I can get lost in emotions pretty easily.  Last week I went digging for photos of my younger son, Isaac, as we prepared for his graduation from CSU.  The collage poster feature at Costco’s online photo shop is addicting and I created quite a few posters showing baby Isaac all the way through to college Isaac.  I found myself lost in emotion with this walk down memory lane: my how time flies.

Getting lost on the spiritual journey is also all too easy.  One day trusting in God’s grace and goodness and love is so easy, the next I feel so unworthy.  Prayer flows and entering into silence and resting in God’s presence works this time, but not so much the next time.  Why do bad things happen?  Why is there suffering?  Lost in fear and anxiety and lost hope can creep into the days.

In John 14:1-14, Jesus says not to worry – or rather, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”  He says he will be with us and he is preparing a place for us.  We don’t have to fear being lost and getting lost because he not only shows us how to go – but he is the way, the truth and the life.  He’s our GPS for not getting lost mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  We don’t have to buy anything, do anything or be anything.

I’m not sure why I find myself feeling lost, I guess it’s because I’m human. Thank goodness we’ve got Jesus to lead us into life!

Jesus, sometimes I get lost and forget to follow you-the true GPS. Keep me on the path with you and help me to get lost in your love. Amen.


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