Lost

January 29, 2013
by Sharon Y. Greer

Job 23:10-11 – But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. (NIV)

Fog! Thick, swirling, engulfing fog! And I was hopelessly lost. I had decided to take a shortcut home to save time, but now I had absolutely no idea where I was. My GPS was in a drawer somewhere in my house, and I no longer carried maps because I had a GPS. How ironic!

I crawled along slowly, for fear of running off the road or meeting another car in the middle of the road. As I squinted through the ghostly tendrils curling across my window, I noticed a cross-road ahead, but I couldn't make out any signs. Feeling a sense of panic beginning to build up, I decided to pull off onto the shoulder, and putting on my flashers, I did the only thing I could under the circumstances: I began to pray.

Suddenly, a verse from the Bible popped into my mind:

Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (NIV)

For a moment, I was stunned. Was that God telling me that I should follow this side road? Which way? Now I was really confused and more than a little scared.

Suddenly, out of the fog, a whirling red light appeared behind me, its rays wavering through my back window, and I heard a muffled voice on a loud hailer: "You there, in the car. Are you all right?"

The next thing I knew, there was a person standing beside my window, shining a light on his police badge. I let out a relieved sigh of gratitude. It was probably the only time in my life when I would be so happy to see a flashing red light shining through my back window!

As I began rapidly pouring out my predicament, the officer kept patiently nodding his head. I didn't realize how uptight I had been, and I could feel the tears of relief threatening to spill out. The officer evidently saw my reaction, and he quietly asked me where I was headed.

When I told him where I lived, he said that he would drive ahead of me, and when he honked his horn, I was to turn left at the traffic lights. Then I would be on familiar ground and soon be home. It happened exactly as he had promised, and as I pulled into my driveway, I quietly bowed my head in a prayer of thanksgiving to the One who had promised so often to direct our paths.

Sometimes, when we are faced with difficult situations, we may feel that our minds are in a kind of thick fog, a state of utter confusion, possibly even to the point of panic. We know that we must make some important decisions that will affect our lives, but how do we begin? It is then that we need to stop and "pull off the road", as it were, and be still in God's presence, in order to calm down and hear His voice. We must turn the entire matter over to the One who has promised to guide us in the way we should go, because He knows the way.

When we follow His leading, it won't be long until we can see clearly what we are to do, and we can move confidently in the right direction towards the goal.

Prayer: Lord, help us to rely on You every day to guide us in the way that You have planned for us. Teach us not to lean on our own understanding, but in all our ways to acknowledge You, knowing that You will direct our paths. Amen.

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Sharon Y. Greer <sygreer11@gmail.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A great one, Sharon. Thank you!


    Thanks Sharon for a good word of encouragement.


    Thank you Sharon for sharing your experience in today’s devotional. You reminded me, once again, how God protects us and provides help when needed.
    May God bless your ministry.


    Thanks Sharon,
    What a great story to share with the guys at the jail! Our God is so faithful and cares about every detail of our lives.
    God bless you.


    Good Morning, Sharon:
    Thank you for your devotional this morning reminding me to always follow God’s leading – even when the road looks bleak, or isn’t even visible! He never fails and will lead us in the right path.
    Blessings.


    Good one Sharon. I can so relate to this situation too. Many times, I have gone out on exploration drives, only to get completely turned around. I too, have asked God to give me direction or show me something along the way, that I recognize. He never fails. Pretty neat isn’t He?


    Sharon, thank you for sharing this awesome story with us. I have had similar things happen with me in my life and I’m always grateful to God for His guidance, Love, Directions and understanding. He never let’s us down. May God continue to bless you along this journey were on.


    Oh Sharon, what a blessing you have been to my day today, which by the way, is very foggy. Ironic isn’t it. Bless the Lord for that policeman and the directions he gave you. Thank you for sharing this event, trying though it was, with us and then drawing such an encouraging lesson from it. Blessings.


    Thank you so much for writing that wonderful devotional. I have been faced with a lot of worry and indecision and it seemed like nothing could calm my anxiety. Then, reading your devotional this morning was like God speaking right to me.
    Isaiah 30:21 is a verse I hadn’t heard (or remembered) before, but you can bet I will not forget it now.
    Thank you so much again for sharing your inspiring story.
    God Bless you.


    Good day Ms. Greer.
    It is so good to sit down while having a cup of coffee to really enjoy and embrace devotion such as yours that perks me up to start my day. God is everywhere and all around us even in our darkest of times. He have a way of just guiding us through our storms of life. We must always be grateful and thankful for all His blessings.
    And am grateful to have read your devotion this morning. Keep inspiring us always with your devotion.
    (Trinidad)


    Sharon,
    Thank you for sharing your testimony of answered prayer with us. As it happens, we have been experiencing wide spread fog due to the unusually high temperatures, and so your message is very timely. You remind us that God does care about our circumstances and does answer our heartfelt prayers. Sometimes He speaks to us through His word. Sometimes He sends people across our path to help guide our steps. Sometimes He does both. He knows just what we need. How wonderful that you knew that scripture, and He made it ‘come to life’ for you. Your story has lifted my heart on this dismal rainy day. God is good, all the time.
    Blessings.


    Dear Sharon,
    Now that was a excellent analogy of a savior coming to the rescue in the time of need. And I am sure you were grateful for the scripture verses you committed to memory that would help in time of need. How those dedicated Sunday School teachers so faithfully taught them to us not knowing how handy they would come in. As I read your account of your predicament I had no idea of just how you expected to be rescued. Truly a case of “Sometimes a light surprises the Christian while he sings…”and in your case “Prays”.
    That is why I liked those old testimony meetings where stories such as this one drew us so much closer to our faith in the Lord.
    Blessings.


    Good Morning Sharon: Over and over again in our devotional time we see the hand of God working in the lives of our writers. Once again we saw God’s faithfulness in your life in when you were alone and scared. How blessed you were to be so handy home and knew exactly where to go after you reached the traffic lights. God’s word is so like that, once we open the pages of our Bibles, and find the signal lights, it is so easy for us to learn about His love and devotion for us and to know He will always be there to comfort and care for us. This was a great message, thank you.


    Hi Sharon,
    Just wanted to send a quick thank you for your Email titled – Lost. I am unemployed and learning how to lean and trust in the Lord to guide my steps. My faith is growing and I know a great testimony is being developed.
    Your email is so timely and nourishing to my spirit. Thank you.
    God Bless you.

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