A few days ago I took the boys and left Lydia at home to get some rest. The three of us went to a town nearby to go on a hike on some easy trails. Stanley (my three year old) walked and Ollie (One year old) sat in the stroller as I pushed.
Stanley had tons of fun. He immediately grabbed a good stick in each hand and started running up and down the trail. Stanley was the leader in front, and Ollie and I were following behind. We saw deer and kicked up dust and found tons of cool sticks and rocks.
On our way down the trail, back to the car, (I was the leader at this point) Stanley suddenly stopped and screamed, “I’m lost!” Without even thinking I said, “You’re not lost, Stanley. You’re with Daddy and I’m not lost, so that means that you’re not lost either.”
A lot of times we get to a point where we feel lost. You have been going along with your life day by day and it doesn’t feel like you’re accomplishing anything. Maybe you have a dream of doing something great with your life. Maybe God has told you to be a missionary or start a church or do something significant, but right now you just work at a coffee shop. When you’ve been trudging along and nothing seems to be happening, it’s easy to suddenly feel like you’ve gotten lost.
When you stop and scream at the top of your lungs, “I’m lost!” God is right there saying, “You’re not lost.”
If you are on the same trail as your father, you can’t get lost. You might not recognize the trees around you, you might not be able to see where the trail leads, but as long as you are on that trail, eventually, you’re going to get there.
It never mattered if Stanley was ahead of me being the leader, or behind me smashing dirt clods with his stick, he was never actually lost. I was guiding him down the trail exactly where I wanted him to go. I didn’t need to tell him where to lay every step and he knew he didn’t have to ask. We were on the trail together going exactly where I wanted us to go.
Trust God. He’s on the trail with you. It doesn’t matter if you are running ahead or if He’s the one in front. You’re on the trail and He’s still leading you either way. And there’s no way to get lost as long as you’re with Him.