On Being Lost
When we lose God, it is not God who is lost.
A few weeks ago, on my way home from New York City, I got lost. It wasn’t the type of lost that you can turn around and back-track a few miles. It was a deep, serious lost…the kind that took me an hour to figure out and undo. It was stupid, really. One wrong turn and suddenly I was stuck in a maze of one-way streets with no turn-arounds and crossing bridges into some not very nice looking places which made asking for directions even more problematic.
Clear and simple, I lost my way and there was no one else to blame but myself.
Isn’t that like life? Don’t you find that many people are “lost” but, rather than examine their own contributions…that one small thing that took them onto that path to losing their way…they blame others such as a friend, enemy, parent, boss, co-worker or…yes…even God? We do a grave injustice to ourselves when we become lost and look toward others as the cause.
But instead of focusing on negative things, let’s look at the positive side. I’m much more of a “glass half full” type of person. I think there is great ignorance in not examining our own lives and looking for ways to find God. When things are not going our way, we have to look for the small victories in the little gifts: the sparrows in the bush, the smile of a child, the laugh of a friend. We need to look to the Bible for guidance and pray to find God, rather than to blame Him (or anyone else, for that matter) for our situation:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…
When I wrote Pastures of Faith and Valley of Hope, (book 3 and book 4 of the Amish of Lancaster series), I had this idea in mind. In Pastures of Faith, both Daniel and Rachel are lost but for very different reasons. Daniel finds himself doing a lot of soul searching to come to grips with Rachel’s past and the rumors surrounding it. Yet, Rachel never loses faith in God. She knows that He will see her through the situation. In Valley of Hope, Samuel finds himself lost in a completely different way…he loses sight of God. When he finds it, God gives him an even bigger challenge to test that faith.
What do YOU do when you get lost?
If you haven’t read Pastures of Faith or Valley of Hope (or the other books in the series), you can purchase a copy at the following online book sellers:
- Fields of Corn: The Amish of Lancaster Series Book 1 (2010): Buy on Amazon, BN.com, or Kobo
- Hills of Wheat: The Amish of Lancaster Series Book 2 (2011): Buy on Amazon, BN.com, or Kobo
- Pastures of Faith: The Amish of Lancaster Series Book 3 (2012): Buy on Amazon, BN.com, or Kobo
- Valley of Hope: The Amish of Lancaster Series Book 4 (June 2012): Buy on Amazon, BN.com, or Kobo