Have you ever been lost? Have you been in a place that you didn’t know how you got there nor how to get to a place you knew? Have you planned a trip so that you knew exactly how to get where you wanted to go?
At one time in my life, my job required me to travel quite a bit. At that time, we did not have GPS on our phones. So, I had to rely on paper maps and sometimes had to memorize the directions. I’ve had to stop more than once to look at the map again because I had made a wrong turn.
I’m sure there are some who are reading this who can relate to making a wrong turn and needing to look at a map again. I like having a map on my phone now. I often use the GPS when going to a new place. But there are times when the new place isn’t but a few blocks from where I’ve been before, and I merely use the map to see where the place is in relation to where I have been before.
It can be scary if we make a wrong turn and end up in a bad neighborhood. Especially so if it is dark outside. We want to quickly get out of that area. Sometimes, we will make a quick stop to pull out the map to see how we can get ourselves out of there. Other times, we simply keep driving and hoping we find the way out.
This happens in life situations as well. We may make a bad decision and find ourselves in a dark place. We may seek out advice to help put us on the right track again. At other times, we don’t, simply continuing down the path hoping to find our way out or not even looking for a way out.
Jesus came to seek anyone in such a situation. He came to seek and save the lost. He is willing to take their hand and guide them out. It may be a short trip to get back on the right path. It may take a while to exit the dark path and return to the path of light.
I pray we all choose to seek help when in a dark place. I pray we look to Jesus to guide us back to the light. I pray each one of us are willing to lend a hand in bringing someone to the light. Look for Jesus when you are lost. Seek good advice. Take Jesus’ hand. Follow Him. Lend a helping hand. Be there for others.
Luke 19:9-10 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”